Monday, 12 November 2018

Round-up 12/11

A day early this week, for personal reasons. Looks like the "new" Flexjet G650 operated a first service from Cleveland to Orlando on the 6th as LXJ651 (although still there on the 12th). G550 N585GA (5585) appears to have made a first flight from Savannah on the 7th. The 3rd G500 was delivered on the 8th when N1980G (72013) flew from Savannah to Denver-Centennial. Joining (or replacing?) Challenger 300 N1980Z. You will already have read about the new British G650.
A really nice collection of Gee Two scans is being uploaded to Flickr and can be seen at Gulfstream 2 collection on Flickr I hope you like them as much as I do. Certainly brings back memories.
CF-SBR (009) at Edmonton (YXD)


Friday, 9 November 2018

New British G650 delivered

G650ER G-DSMR (6329) arrived at Luton this morning on delivery. It departed Savannah last night and stopped off briefly at Ronaldsway (IOM). It is believed this will be a replacement for G-REFO (6075) which is now with it's new owner as N724AG. It was caught by John Lythgoe shortly after landing.


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Round-up 6/11

Flexjet have again gone to the market and G450 4238 is now registered N458FX, the 9th in the fleet. G650 N658GD (6358) flew from Savannah to Long Beach on the 30th as GLF68. G280 N260GA (2160) flew from Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 31st. Looks like N530GD has started flying. The 30th G500. 6329 has been upgraded to G650ER. Been over a month since the last one.
Did you know that the first business jet to fly over both poles was the Gulfstream 3? This occurred in November 1983, 35 years ago. The frame in question was N303GA (357). See link for more info
via GAC


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Sad sight at St. Lucie part 3

It's been a few years since we last did a report from here. St. Lucie in Florida is where some Gulfstreams go to die. Good friend Dave Lythgoe did a side trip here during the recent NBAA. G2 N117JJ is still here but has now been joined by a pair of G3s. N109DD (415) arrived here in July while N456BE (335) appears to have arrived within the last 12 months. The 2 Drummond G2s N125DC and N188DC are still present. Not that we're counting but this is the 350th post to this blog.
Update: N109DD departed on 8th November so not withdrawn here.


Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Round-up 30/10

A very quiet 7 days with only the delivery of N1RF being notable. I'll therefore take this opportunity to show a couple of G650s at Long Beach recently thanks to my regular contributor Michael Carter. Hopefully con numbers for these will come to light soon.
During a recent investor conference call, General Dynamics announced that Gulfstream had delivered 27 aircraft in Q3 and 79 in the year to date of which 58 were large cabin models. Slightly down on the previous year and not helped by the delay with nacelles from NORDAM. Buying out the company has resolved this but it will take a while to catch up. There are enough nacelles to hopefully deliver 8-10 G500s in Q4. More G550s have been added to the US register with allocations now up to 5600.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

2nd G500 delivered

G500 N1RF (72009) is flying Savannah to St. Louis (SUS) as I type this. Using the callsign GLF20, this is the 2nd G500 to be delivered to a customer. Registered to St James LLC who previously operated a Cessna Sovereign with the same registration. An earlier picture of the machine in question can be seen on my post dated October 16th.


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Round-up 23/10

G650 N721MM (6332) departed Long Beach on the 17th heading to Atlanta-Peachtree on it's delivery flight. It flew to Gulfport–Biloxi the following day before finally arriving at Las Vegas on the 19th. G280 N259GA (2159) flew from Tel Aviv to Stansted on the 18th. G650 2-EPIC (6286) finally delivered when it departed Long Beach on the 19th heading to Anchorage. It continued on to Shenzhen the following day. G650 9H-CAA (?c/n) has been spotted at Long Beach recently sporting the same colours as Global 5000 OE-ICA so presumably is for Avcon Jet of Moscow. G150 N162RU (245) cancelled to Estonia on the 17th to become, I believe, the first Gulfstream on that register. Talking of registers, 30 G650s have been added to the US one bringing allocations up to 6395.
G650 N888YT (6013) has just been registered as N651FX which would suggest this is the 2nd of the type for Flexjet. Strange they would go to the used market so soon. Possibly to cover late delivery of G500s (?)
N721MM departing on delivery. Pic by Michael Carter
 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

First Czech G280 delivered

G280 OK-RLV (2151) arrived at Prague yesterday on delivery from Dallas via Bangor and Stansted. Many thanks to David Kucera for allowing me to use some of his pictures.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Round-up 16/10

G550 N584GA (5584) looks to have done a first flight from Savannah on the 9th as GLF27. Slowly heading to the 600 built which would be quite an achievement. Another weather related evacuation as Hurricane Michael approached. Aircraft started moving to Huntsville AL on the 9th with the bulk positioning on the 10th. This latter group included G500 N509GD which is pictured below. They all returned to Savannah on the 12th. A picture has appeared of the new G650 N305CC confirming that Carnival Cruises are getting a new one. G280 (2151) cancelled to the Czech Republic as OK-RLV on the 11th.
Slightly off topic but bear with me. MGM, who are expecting to take delivery of their new G650 soon have just disposed of one of their Embraer Lineages. N730MM has become the first aircraft on the Irish corporate jet register as EJ-IOBN with Gainjet Ireland who also have a pair of Gulfstreams which may also move over to this new register in due course.
In a pre NBAA press conference at Orlando yesterday, Gulfstream announced that the range of the G600 has been increased again. Full details at www.gulfstreamnews.com
N509GD at Huntsville by Darren Metherell


Friday, 12 October 2018

Random Gulfstream photo #29

Shots of G500s flying in the UK in sunshine are a bit rare so thought I'd show this one of N505GD (72005) departing Farnborough after this year's Air Show. It was taken by my good friend Westleigh Bushell. Some of you may have followed him on Flickr in the past but like me, he's had to start a new account and his terrific pics can be seen here (link). Well worth a look!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Round-up 9/10

3 G650s were delivered on the 2nd. N700MK (6319) flew from Appleton to Anchorage and should have continued on to Tokyo. T7-IIA (6322) flew from Savannah to Aarhus, Denmark continuing on to Moscow (VKO) the following day. VP-CML (6330) flew from Savannah to Aarhus and continued on to Hong Kong on the 4th. G650 N654GA (6354) flew from Savannah to Long Beach on the 4th as GLF64. G650 A6-HHH was delivered on the 5th. See my earlier post. G280 N258GA (2158) flew from Tel Aviv to Belfast on the 8th. The first to not go via Stansted for a while now. G500 N509GD (72009) did another test flight from Savannah on the 7th and now has N1RF reserved. Looking good for the 2nd G500 delivery?
The Luton magnet continues to attract G650s with the total of different frames to visit now up to 228. The latest was caught on Sunday sitting next to the car park.


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Round-up 2/10

As expected, a busy week to finish the quarter. G650 N622GA (6322) flew from Long Beach to Savannah on the 25th. It cancelled to San Marino on the 26th and will be taking up T7-IIA. This is a replacement for OE-IIH (6134) which has recently taken up N634GD. IIA did a test flight from and to Savannah on the 1st. G650 N330GA (6330) flew Long Beach to Savannah on the 26th and cancelled to the Caymans on the 27th as VP-CML. Did a test flight on the 1st (as CML) from and to Savannah so not delivered yet. G650 N626GA (6326) cancelled to Brazil on the 26th as PP-IZB. It delivered from Savannah to Goiania (near Brasilia) via Manaus on the 27th. G650 N650NY (6079) cancelled to the UAE on the 1st. New ERs this period were 6331, 6333, 6335, 6340 and 6342.
Newly delivered G500 N510GD operated a flight to Palm Beach on the 28th as GLF93, returning home an hour later as GLF14 suggesting this may be being operated by Gulfstream crews. May eventually take up N5PF.
As if this wasn't enough, today is the 52nd anniversary of the first G2 flight.
G2TT N311BD (236) at PBI in 2015. The last civilian G2 I saw fly without hush-kits