Thursday, 19 April 2018

Chinese G650s

G650 B-3350 was spotted at Long Beach at the end of March by Michael Carter. It was subsequently rumoured to be the former N650TY (6109) but at the time of writing, this has not left the US register. It did a test flight from Long Beach on the 15th as N650TY. If this was just a re-paint and a change of register, one would have expected this to have moved on by now. It's possible that the current "trade war" between the US and China which means large import duties being imposed on aircraft of this size is the reason this one isn't moving. It would be possible to get round these taxes by retaining a non Chinese registration and basing it outside the PRC. Most of the "Chinese" G650s are on overseas registers anyway and most Chinese airports are full so this stands a good chance of retaining it's US registration. However, B-3350 might end up being a new frame as the aforementioned is all conjecture. As always, time will tell.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Round-up 17/4

G650 EC-MUS (6297) departed Savannah on delivery on the 10th. Arrived at Santiago de Compostela the following morning. G550 N300A (5565) delivered to Exxon at East Texas Regional on the 12th. New upgrades to G650ER this period are 6301 and 6305. G550 N576GA (5576) looks to have made it's first flight from Savannah as GLF55 on the 16th. One of the first sightings of G650 B-3325 (6299) was at Sydney recently. It was caught there by Grahame Hutchinson of

Thursday, 12 April 2018

G450 landmark

Gulfstream have recently announced that the first G450 has just completed it's 1000th test flight. It first flew on 30th April 2003, a few days short of 15 years ago. I can personally confirm that the G450 is a lovely aircraft to fly in.
N401SR (4001) departing Luton on a rare visit in September 2008

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Round-up 10/4

G650 N297GA (6297) was cancelled to Spain on the 5th and is understood to have taken up EC-MUS. G650 N440MB (6302) was delivered from Savannah to Farmingdale (FRG) on the 6th. G650 N325GA (6325) ferried Savannah to Long Beach as GLF33 on the 9th. Still no sign of the G500 being certified suggesting there may be a problem (?) Talking of problems, the 3 Deer Jet G650s at Long Beach (6282, 6286 and 6290) don't seem to want to leave.
N440MB as a G450 in 2015

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Round-up 3/4

A flurry of deliveries at the end of the quarter. As previously reported, G650 N476V (6300) departed Long Beach on the 27th heading to Bradley, Dulles and Boeing Field before arriving at it's new home of Oakland. G650 N66ZG (6303) departed Appleton on the 27th heading to Auckland via Phoenix. G650 N99KZ (6283) departed Savannah on the 28th heading for Taiwan via Anchorage and Tokyo. G650 N299GA (6299) was cancelled to China on the 27th. B-3325 left Savannah on the 28th for Tianjin via Anchorage. Believe these are one and the same. G550 N575GA (5575) looks to have made a first flight on the 28th from Savannah. G550 N564GA (5564) was cancelled to China on the 30th. B-3275 flew from Appleton to Hawaii on the 31st. To finish, G280 N944GA (2144) ferried Tel Aviv to Belfast on the 2nd. This has N978M reserved.
N99KZ arriving at Songshan by 蕭暐承

N66ZG at Queenstown NZ on the 31st by Mike Condon

Saturday, 31 March 2018

An extremely active G650

A long-time fellow Gulfstream aficionado, Frederick K. Larkin, has brought the activity of a particular GVI to my attention. Serial number 6268, "N650FX" of Flexjet, appears to be the fleet leader in terms of monthly hours flown and cycles completed. According to, "LXJ650" flew a minute short of 89 hours during 38 flights in March. This is actually less than the previous 2 months with 97 and 93 hours accrued in January and February. That represents an annualized rate of just over 1,100 hours - double or triple what most GVIs would experience. This impressive level of utilization speaks volumes about the customer demand for the type as well as its operational reliability.
pic via Flexjet

Thursday, 29 March 2018

300th G650 delivered

G650ER N476V (6300) recently left Long Beach on delivery. It was seen last month carrying the test registration of N630GD (picture by Michael Carter). The scheme is basic Gulfstream house colours so may be joining N358V (6161) which is an ex demonstrator.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Random Gulfstream photo #24

Keen photographers put the hours in on the viewing terrace at Fort Lauderdale Exec and are sometimes rewarded with shots like this. None are much keener than Dave Lythgoe who has sent me this shot which was taken on 20th February. Based G550 N565JM (5538) coming home. Sweet.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Round-up 27/3

G650 N946JB (6157) was cancelled to Brazil on the 20th and is understood to have taken up PR-GVI. This is the 3rd G650 on the Brazilian register. G550 N563GA (5563) was cancelled to Italy on the 20th. I-GBMP was spotted on the tracker on the 24th flying Appleton to Milan Linate. This is assumed to be 5563 and replacing G450 I-BPMG which has recently been transferred to Morocco as CN-GMT (Thanks Ant). G280 N280GD (2143) ferried Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 21st. Fairly safe to assume this will be the new 280 demonstrator once it is fitted out.
N280GD caught on finals to Stansted by Dave Lythgoe

Saturday, 24 March 2018

First G500 deliveries imminent?

A picture of the 7th G500 has just come to light. This in theory will be the 2nd of this model to be delivered to a customer. I'm guessing from the colours that it's not for joint launch customer Flexjets. The first 5 are test aircraft and will probably be retained as such for at least a while. Gulfstream are suggesting that certification and first deliveries are not far away now.
N507GD (72007) via GAC

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Round-up 20/3

Another G650 delivery. N296GA (6296) flew from Long Beach to Bermuda on the 14th and was cancelled to that country's register the same day. Became VP-BXB and delivered via Toulouse to Seletar in Singapore. G650 upgrades to ER were 6021 and 6303. G280 ferry flight was N142GA (2142) from Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 14th. G650 N622GA (6322) flew Savannah to Long Beach as GLF46 on the 19th.
With regard to 6021 just showing as an ER. This is N305CC and may well have been converted some time ago and the register is just catching up. An even earlier one (N288WR 6007) only shows as a straight 650 but has been on the market for quite a while now as an ER.
VP-BXB at Toulouse on the 18th by John Spencer

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Round-up 13/3

Another G650 delivery. N344AP (6295) flew Savannah to Lehigh Valley on the 6th. Upgrade to ER was 6300. Looks like G550 N574GA (5574) did a first flight on the 7th. Have managed to miss a couple of G280 ferry flights while I was away. N240GA (2140) ferried to Belfast on the 18th February and N941GA (2141) to Stansted on the 28th. G650s continue to arrive at Luton. More pics on my Flickr link.
G650 VP-CNR (6034) arrives at Luton on the 13th

Monday, 12 March 2018

Random Gulfstream photo #23

Chinese registered G650 B-3288 (6261) arrived at Larnaca in Cyprus recently. Carries Deer Jet titles. This lovely shot has been kindly shared by Glenn Palmer (Flying Fotos Cyprus)