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Gulfstream Aerospace celebrates flight test program milestone

Gulfstream Aerospace has reflected on the first ten flight tests for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 jets. The jets are twin-engine, with the G500 replacing the G450. The G500 has a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,260km) at Mach 0.85, with nonstop flights connecting distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, Los Angeles to London, and San Francisco to Tokyo. The G600 can fly 4,800 nautical miles (8,890km) at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, and seats up to 19 passengers, with room for nine to sleep.

19th September 2017

Dassault's Falcon 5X jet takes its first flight

Fractional-share provider PlaneSense has completed a five-yearly functional test of its emergency fire extinguishing system in its 40,000ft2 hangar at its Portsmouth International Airport headquarters in New Hampshire.

29th August 2017

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Avfuel delivers more fuel after Hurricane Harvey

Avfuel has delivered 30% more fuel to the US regions affected by Hurricane Harvey since the storm hit last week. The fuel and services provider said its logistics and dispatch department has maintained open lines of communication with customers for reliable fuel supply and has operated around the clock.

“When it comes to natural disasters, we are proactive in getting ahead of the storm and our customers’ fuel needs,” said Ben Spence, Avfuel’s dispatch manager. “Our redundant supply situation and logistic systems allows us to handle unforeseen weather emergencies like Hurricane Harvey.”

Avfuel said the measures have helped FBOs receive enough fuel to evacuate passengers and planes, keep tanks heavy for stability during storms, and sustain operations for medevac, relief efforts, and their tenants’ return.

“One of the most important aspects of fuel supply in the wake of a natural disaster is open lines of communication,” said Spence. “We work closely internally with our supply and management team, as well as Avplan Trip Support, whose in-house meteorologists monitor the storm’s trajectory so we know who will be most affected and where the storm may be headed next.”

“Our team stays on the job throughout the whole process,” said Spence. “Before, during and after the hurricane we’re calling customers at their FBOs—or on their cell phones if they’re closed—reassessing their needs and finding the necessary supply.”

September 4, 2017

Written by Ben Sampson

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