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GULFSTREAM INTRODUCES THE ALL-NEW GULFSTREAM G700

The Industry’s Largest And Best-Performing Business Jet

SAVANNAH, Georgia, October 21, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today introduced its new flagship, the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry, the Gulfstream G700TM. The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.

Gulfstream announced the G700 on the eve of the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas. During the event, Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mockup of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah.

“The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort and range at speed,” said Burns. “This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products. Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”

The G700 heralds a new era for Gulfstream, building on the company’s decades-long investment in research and development and ensuing successes. The aircraft boasts the tallest, widest and longest cabin in the industry with leading range and speed capabilities. The G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.

Design Innovation

The all-new cabin on the G700 allows customers to extend their personal and professional lifestyle to their aircraft. With up to five living areas, the G700 offers an extra-large ultragalley with a passenger lounge or crew compartment; a six-place dining or conference room; and a master suite with shower. The Gulfstream Cabin Experience promotes and enhances wellness through 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.

“Gulfstream has a long tradition of listening to our customers, and the G700 cabin is the evolution of that collaboration,” said Burns. “Customers shared how much they value flexibility and comfort in the cabin, all without compromising the speed and range advantages they have come to expect from Gulfstream. The G700 delivers all that and more.”

The aircraft also offers a range of cabin amenities that revolutionize the benefits of business-jet travel, including the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.

Safety And Performance

The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight DeckTM and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System. The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The G700 Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.

All-new, high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines power the G700 and, along with newly designed Gulfstream winglets, ensure the aircraft achieves high performance capabilities with its larger cabin. The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.

The ability to fly at faster speeds (Mach 0.90 versus Mach 0.80) gives customers more time, lower annual expenses for maintenance, parts and services, and shorter crew days for safer operations.

Program Maturity

In preparation for first flight, Gulfstream has already accomplished nearly 14,000 hours of lab testing in its integration- and cabin-test facilities, Systems Integration Bench and Iron Bird. The company has successfully completed ground vibration testing, engine runs, loads calibration and all structural testing required for first flight.

The G700 flight-test fleet will incorporate five traditional test aircraft and one fully outfitted production test aircraft. Manufacturing for all test aircraft is well underway.

Gulfstream anticipates G700 customer deliveries in 2022.




THE WORLD’S BEST TURBOPROP – BETTER THAN EVER: PILATUS REVEALS THE PC-12 NGX

Today, at the National Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, Pilatus took the wraps off the industry’s most advanced and versatile single-engine turboprop – the PC-12 NGX.






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10/2019

 

GULFSTREAM G500 EARNS EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION
 
Combination Of Technology And Design Distinguish All-New Aircraft SAVANNAH, Georgia, October 15, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the all-new, award-winning Gulfstream G500TM has received its European Aviation Safety Agency certification, clearing the way for European Union registrations and customer deliveries.

“The G500 has been very well received in Europe,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Customers in the region have been drawn to the unprecedented level of technology and innovation in the flight deck and the impact that has on safety and efficiency. In the cabin, they can see the effect technology has on the passenger experience with a rejuvenating environment, advanced ergonomics, award-winning seats, and unmatched comfort.”

Well before the G500 entered service in September 2018, the aircraft had already proven its maturity and capabilities with a score of city-pair speed records set across the world. That number has since risen to 35 and includes Seville, Spain, to Abu Dhabi in 5 hours and 45 minutes; Geneva to Chicago in 8 hours; Doha, Qatar, to Shannon, Ireland, in just over 7 hours and 30 minutes; and Farnborough, England, to Las Vegas in 10 hours and 20 minutes.

The G500 can travel 4,400 nautical miles/8,149 kilometers at Mach 0.90 and 5,200 nm/9,630 km at Mach 0.85. The seat collection available on the G500 was chosen for an International Yacht & Aviation Award for its advanced ergonomics and aesthetics that can be tailored to customers’ design preferences and mission requirements. In addition, the G500 cabin features customized furnishings, a healthy cabin environment and 14 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows.

 


07/2019

GULFSTREAM G600 RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE FROM FEDERAL AVIATIONADMINISTRATION
First Customer Delivery On Track For Company’s All-New Aircraft
 
SAVANNAH, Georgia, June 28, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the all-new Gulfstream G600™ earned both its type and production certificates from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certifications clear the way for the first G600 deliveries to customers as scheduled this year.
“Getting both authorizations on the same day is evidence of the maturity of our G600 production processes and speaks to the safety and reliability of the aircraft’s design,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Even more remarkable is the fact that we achieved these simultaneous certifications less than a year after completing another major program, certifying and delivering the Gulfstream G500™, another testament to the engineering expertise and manufacturing excellence that are hallmarks of Gulfstream. The hard work by our team, including nearly 100,000 hours of ‘flying’ in our labs and more than 3,200 hours of flying in the air, shows our dedication to safety and our customers.
“These rigorous and thorough certification processes ensure we deliver a first-rate aircraft that exceeds expectations. We can’t wait to put the newest member of our aircraft family — one that spectacularly combines performance, efficiency, technology and comfort that are second to none — into the hands of our worldwide customers.”
The FAA grants type certification after an aircraft’s design proves compliance with aviation regulations. The FAA issues a production certificate once an aircraft manufacturer demonstrates its manufacturing facilities and quality management system meet the agency's stringent safety and reliability requirements.
The award-winning G600 is the third Gulfstream aircraft model to get its type and production certificates simultaneously. The first was the Gulfstream G550™ on Aug. 14, 2003. The clean-sheet Gulfstream G500 duplicated the feat on July 20, 2018.

The G600 flies 6,500 nautical miles/12,038 kilometers at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85. At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the G600 travels 5,500 nm/10,186 km. The aircraft has already earned 11 city-pair speed records, all at Mach 0.90. Its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925.
The G600 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck™, which includes active control sidesticks and 10 touch screens, both industry firsts. The aircraft’s new interior earned top honors in Private Jet Design at the 2018 International Yacht & Aviation Awards. 
Along with a cabin that can be configured for three living areas and a crew rest, the G600 has industry-leading cabin sound levels, a low cabin altitude and 100 percent fresh air, which reduce fatigue and increase mental awareness. The G600’s 14 panoramic oval windows let in an abundance of natural light.
 
 


11/2018

Toddler from Utah / USA Flown To Germany For Rare Heart Surgery

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09/2018

 

07/2018

GULFSTREAM G500 EARNS BOTH TYPE AND PRODUCTION CERTIFICATES FROM U.S. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

All-New Aircraft Nears Entry Into Customer Service

SAVANNAH, Georgia, July 20, 2018 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the Gulfstream G500 received both its type certification and production certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These certifications pave the way for the first completed G500 delivery to a customer as planned later this year. 

"Receiving the type certification and production certificate on the same day speaks to the rigor inherent in the G500 program and the commitment to excellence of the entire Gulfstream team," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. "The tens of thousands of lab hours combined with the more than 5,000 hours we've flown the five G500 flight-test aircraft will help ensure we deliver a high-performing, reliable, mature aircraft to customers. We're excited to conclude the type certification effort, complete the production-certificate audit and move on to the next phase of this program: delivering aircraft. We appreciate the FAA's diligence and cooperation in certifying this aircraft and confirming the capabilities of our new manufacturing facilities. We look forward to seeing the G500 in our customers' hangars soon."

The FAA type certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft's design, while the production certificate confirms that the company's production processes comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The G500 is the first clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft to receive its type and production certificates on the same day.
During the G500 certification program, Gulfstream demonstrated even better performance for the G500, including a takeoff distance of just 5,200 feet/1,585 meters, 200 ft/61 m less than originally projected. 

The G500 expands the possibilities for high-speed travel by offering an unprecedented combination of speed, technology, reliability, safety and performance. The aircraft is optimized for comfort and productivity, with low cabin sound levels and cabin altitudes, 100 percent fresh air and 14 panoramic windows that bathe the cabin in natural light.

Gulfstream is setting a new safety standard as the first original equipment manufacturer in business aviation to offer active control sidesticks, 10 touchscreens in the flight deck and a third-generation Enhanced Vision System, optimizing pilot awareness in low visibility. The award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck also includes Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display and Head-Up Display II. The G500 is the first aircraft certified to use enhanced vision to land and the first business aircraft certified to Stage 5 noise standards.

Originally projected to fly 5,000 nautical miles at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, the certified G500 can actually fly 5,200 nm/9,630 km. At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the G500 will fly 4,400 nm/8,149 km, which is a 600-nm/1,111-km increase over the original projected range of 3,800 nm/7,038 km. The aircraft has already earned more than 20 city-pair records, most of them at Mach 0.90.
Gulfstream anticipates delivering the first G500 in the fourth quarter.

​02 / 2018

 

First Cessna 208B Caravan Blackhawk XP140 Conversion successfully completed!

On February 20, 2018 Air Alliance has delivered the Cessna 208B Caravan to the owner, after successful installation of the first Blackhawk XP140 Engine+ Upgrade.

Angela Hickling, the owner of “British Parachute School” in Langar / UK is a satisfied Air Alliance customer for more than 20 years. She was very excited to get back her aircraft after only 2,5 weeks downtime. In the coming season, the aircraft will be used for parachuting operations convincing with a considerably improved performance. The Blackhawk XP140 Engine+ Upgrade (EASA STC10057646) is available for the Cessna Caravan 208 and 208B. The existing Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114/114A (600/675 SHP) Turbine will be replaced by a PT6A-140 (867SHP) Turbine, resulting in considerably improved performance data (shorter Take-Off distance, better Climb Performance, etc.).

At the same time, the conversion is easier compared to other suppliers because the existing cowling, engine mount and exhaust system can be retained. This saves money and time! Due to the EASA Certification of the 5-Blade MT Propeller (MTV-27) for the Blackhawk Conversion, which is planned for 2018, and as a consequence thereof the compliance with the Noise Regulations and the increase of the TBO of the engine to 4000 hours, the Blackhawk XP140 Engine+ Upgrade will be an interesting option for Operators in Germany as well. Additional information are available below and on www.blackhawk.aero.


01 / 2018

DPE funds invest in Air Alliance

- Integrated aviation service provider Air Alliance plans to continue its growth path under leadership of Founder and CEO Wolfgang Krombach
- Certified sales representative and service center for Pilatus, Diamond and Gulfstream aircraft, providing comprehensive in-house maintenance services
-Leading European provider of air ambulance services, awarded “Air Ambulance Provider of the Year 2017”

Munich/Burbach, 22 January 2018 – Funds advised by DPE Deutsche Private Equity Management III GmbH (DPE) have agreed to acquire a majority interest in the Air Alliance Group (“Air Alliance” or the “Company”). Founder and CEO Wolfgang Krombach retains a significant shareholding and will continue to lead the Company.

Headquartered at Airport Siegerland, Air Alliance has developed into a leading provider of integrated aviation services over a period of 25 years. The Company is official sales representative and service center for renowned aircraft OEMs Pilatus, Diamond and Gulfstream, while also offering maintenance, repair and overhaul services for a wide range of private and business jets. Moreover, Air Alliance is a leading European provider of air ambulance flights and was recently awarded “Air Ambulance Provider of the Year 2017”. The Company has more than 130 employees across its locations at the Siegerland, Cologne, Vienna and Birmingham airports.

“We are impressed by the Company’s achievements, especially the development of strong relationships with leading aircraft OEMs and the expansion of its air ambulance fleet”, says Volker Hichert, Managing Partner at DPE. “Reliability and the continuous delivery of high quality services have enabled Air Alliance to build an excellent reputation in the market. We are excited to support the Company in the next stage of growth in partnership with Wolfgang Krombach”, added Fabian Rücker, Director at DPE. Wolfgang Krombach, who has been fundamental to the success of the Company and will remain invested with a significant shareholding, comments: “We have built a solid foundation for continued growth. With DPE, we are partnering with an entrepreneurial investor that will actively support Air Alliance and shares our vision going forward. Airport Siegerland shall remain the basis for our future growth.”


12 / 2017

HISTORIC MILESTONE IN SWISS ECONOMIC HISTORY: PILATUS OBTAINS PC-24 TYPE CERTIFICATES

On 7 December 2017 Pilatus obtained type certificates from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US-American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market.

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11/2017

Air Alliance wins the Award “Air Ambulance Provider of the Year 2017”



We are delighted to inform you that Air Alliance Medflight was announced as the winner of the prestigious award “Air Ambulance Provider of the Year” at the ITIJ Industry Awards in Barcelona on the 9th November. Air Alliance was shortlisted against stiff competition however, following an independent evaluation, we were thrilled to receive the award from Award Sponsor Larry Baker/ UC San Diego Health. The jury based their judgement on the fact that Air Alliance had shown continuous and solid growth over the past two years. The company’s international setup with medical offices, and 3 medical directors, in Germany, the UK and Austria, was specifically highlighted. The regular investment in a large modern fleet, especially for long range flights, was also a significant contributing factor to the decision.

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06.03.2017

THIRD PC-24 PROTOTYPE TOOK OFF ON MAIDEN FLIGHT!

The third and final PC-24 prototype, P03, which also represents the series aircraft standard, took off from Buochs airfield today at 9.45 to complete its maiden flight. The eye-catching blue Super Versatile Jet, registration HB-VSA, flew across Central Switzerland for 2 hours and 5 minutes.

This flight marks another important milestone in the Pilatus PC-24 development programme. P03, the third and final PC-24 prototype, took off on its maiden flight today. In the wake of the maiden flights by the first PC-24 prototypes, P01 in May 2015 and P02 in November 2015, this marks another major success for Pilatus. The P03 completes the fleet of PC-24 test aircraft. The first two prototypes have flown a total of 1350 hours to date, including numerous significant test flights. Certification flights will be flown with the series-conform P03. Certification of the PC-24 is expected in the 4th quarter of 2017. Initial deliveries of the 84 pre-ordered aircraft will go ahead immediately after certification is obtained.

Promising progress
Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented as follows on progress with the PC-24 programme: "I'm delighted to have seen the P03 in the air today! The PC-24 test flight programme is proceeding as planned and the results are very encouraging. The data we have so far indicate that our Swiss business jet exceeds published performance figures. I am confident that certification will be achieved in the 4th quarter, and am naturally looking forward with immense anticipation to the moment when our first customers take delivery of their PC-24!"

Presentation at EBACE in Geneva 
The P03 will be presented to the general public for the first time at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, 22 to 24 May 2017. The eye-catching P03 sports a blue livery with special pigments designed to produce a superb shimmering pearlescent effect. The P03 will be kitted out with a "Zermatt" executive interior following today's maiden flight. The PC-24 is the first business jet worldwide to be equipped with a cargo door as standard, and is capable of taking off and landing on very short runways and unmade strips. The jet also boasts an extremely spacious cabin designed for easy adaptation to personal requirements. Six stylish colour themes have been created in partnership with Designworks, a BMW Group company, and are named after well known ski resorts such as "St. Moritz", "Zermatt" and "Aspen".


20.12.2016

GULFSTREAM G600 TAKES FLIGHT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Second And Third G600 Aircraft Delivered To Flight Test

Second And Third G600 Aircraft Delivered To Flight Test SAVANNAH, Georgia, December 17, 2016 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the Gulfstream G600 has completed its first flight, officially kicking off the aircraft’s flight-test program. Two additional G600 test aircraft have been inducted into the flight-test center in anticipation of their flights early next year.

“Launching the G600’s flight-test program is a milestone for us and our customers, who have guided the vision for this aircraft from the beginning,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We look forward to delivering this aircraft to them in 2018. Today’s flight, which went flawlessly, represents a significant step forward in the journey to certification and delivery.”

The G600 departed Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 17 and spent 2 hours and 53 minutes in the air. The aircraft was piloted by Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Todd Abler, with Flight Test engineer Nathaniel Rutland providing on-board support.

“This flight went exactly as anticipated, thanks in large part to the investments we have made in our ground-based laboratories,” Burns said. 
“This flight is the perfect way to wrap up 2016 and set the tone for a successful 2017.” The G600 has been designed with input from customers to ensure an unparalleled passenger experience.


It has the longest cabin in its class, satellite communications and high-speed internet and can accommodate up to four living areas to create distinct yet flexible spaces for work, entertainment, dining and rest. Fourteen panoramic windows ̶ the largest in the industry ̶ a low cabin altitude and 100 percent fresh air contribute to the superior cabin environment, helping passengers feel refreshed and rested upon arrival. The G600 can travel 6,200 nautical miles/11,482 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90, and its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as the flagship Gulfstream G650ER.

04/10/2016

Mod. Kit Dual Rockwell Collins AHS-1000

The EASA has awarded multiple supplemental type certificates (STCs) to Air Alliance for a comprehensive avionics modification package for the Learjet 35.
One of them is Mod. Kit Installation of dual Rockwell Collins AHS-1000.

Key Features & Benefits
  • Simplifies retrofit
  • High reliability
  • Reduces operating costs
  • Reduced setup time
The Attitude Heading Reference System Modification Kit is designed and manufactured that it can be easily installed worldwide by any maintenance organization (Part-145).

The Mod. Kit consists of:
  • STC
  • AHC-1000S
  • ECU-3000
  • AA-Harness
  • AA-Switch Bracket
  • AA-Main Bracket
  • Installation Instruction
  • Release Certificate

The availability of the dual Rockwell Collins AHS-1000 Mod. Kit was announced today by Air Alliance GmbH, manufacturer of innovative avionics solutions.

Price on request: production@air-alliance.de 

The Learjet 35 is the first Learjet to receive EASA approval for installation of the Rockwell Collins AHS-1000 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS). Air Alliance is also a competent Learjet service provider, and the modifications can be done at its location.



​Rockwell Collins AHS-1000 was designed to replace previous-generation analog and iron gyro systems. It requires no air data sensor input, eliminates costly aircraft re-wiring and offers operators a cost-effective upgrade solution from traditional iron gyros and AHRS technology. In addition, the AHS-1000 is smaller and lighter, and offers increased performance and reduced maintenance costs.
By using digital quartz Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors in place of conventional spinning wheel gyros, the AHS-1000 delivers significantly greater reliability than traditional gyros and attitude and heading technology. It will also withstand extreme environments involving high roll rates and vibration.

The primary function of the system is to provide measurements of the aircraft pitch, roll and heading Euler angles for use by the flight deck displays, flight control system, flight management system and other avionics equipment. In addition, it provides high quality body rate and linear acceleration outputs for enhanced flight control system performance.

12/05/2016

Our new UK medical team, from left to right: Dr Jon Warwick, Tiina Kauhanen and David Quayle

Air Alliance Medflight opens office in Birmingham

Air Alliance Medflight has continued its rapid expansion of air ambulance services by setting up a UK based aeromedical team. 

“We are very excited to announce that we now have integrated medical capabilities in the UK which are led by Medical Director, Dr Jon Warwick and Clinical Services Manager, David Quayle. We have further enhanced this team by Chief Flight Nurse, Tiina Kauhanen and Jane Topliss who will oversee the entire UK operation.” says Wolfgang Krombach, Managing Director at Air Alliance Medflight. “The UK presents an exciting opportunity, and we recognise that local skills and reputation are extremely important. Dr Warwick and his team will enable us to work very closely with our clients and help with specialist services such as hospital admissions and road ambulance bookings in the UK and ROI,” continues Mr. Krombach.

The UK based services will operate from modern facilities at Birmingham Airport and initially will have 2 Learjets 35A, both available in double stretcher configuration. All client requests will be handled centrally from Medflight’s Alarm Center in Germany.

24/ 7 contact:
+49 2736 4428 45
express@air-alliance.de

Dr Jon Warwick is looking forward to being involved in the continued expansion of Air Alliance Medflight; “This represents a very exciting opportunity for the UK and ROI market. Air Alliance Medflight operates a fleet of 15 air ambulance aircraft total, consisting of Challenger 604, Learjet 55 and 35A. The teams of Air Alliance Medflight are all dedicated to its core principles: excellent quality and patient safety.”

Air Alliance Medflight, part of the Air Alliance Group, is an air ambulance company with headquarters at Siegerland Airport and a further base at the airport of Cologne. Since it was founded in 1993, Air Alliance has developed from a small hangar operation to a state-of-the-art general and business aviation supplier. Covering the comprehensive strategic business aspects of aircraft maintenance, sales, charter operations and a flight school, Air Alliance maintains a leading position in the market.

03/09/2015

AIR ALLIANCE NAMED AS NEW PILATUS PORTER PC-6 SALES AND SERVICE CENTRE FOR GERMANY AND AUSTRIA

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has appointed Air Alliance GmbH as Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Centre for the PC-6. Air Alliance GmbH will be responsible for all future sales and maintenance activities in connection with the legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6 in Germany and Austria. Pilatus has opted to reinforce its business relationship with Air Alliance GmbH at Siegerland Airport in Germany. Already operating with success as Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Centre for the PC-12 and PC-24, Air Alliance will now offer the same range of services for the PC-6.

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27/05/2015

PILATUS APPOINTS AIR ALLIANCE AS ITS AUTHORISED PC-24 SALES AND SERVICE CENTRE

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd appoints Air Alliance GmbH as the official Pilatus PC-24 Sales and Service Centre for Germany and Austria. Air Alliance is now authorised to represent Pilatus for both the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet and the PC-12 NG. Air Alliance GmbH has been committed to first-class customer service in general and business aviation for over 20 years. Having started out as a small hangar operation, the company has grown into a state-of-the-art provider of aviation services. Air Alliance has marketed the PC-12 NG since 2014 and currently employs over 100 people in Burbach, at Airport Siegerland in Germany.

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18/05/2015

GULFSTREAM G500 COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT

SAVANNAH, Georgia, May 18, 2015 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, today announced that the all-new Gulfstream G500 successfully completed its first flight. The G500 is part of Gulfstream’s new family of clean-sheet aircraft, the G500 and G600, and the first of the two to begin flight tests. The G500 took off at 10:39 a.m. May 18 from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, with Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Kevin Claffy at the controls. Flight Test engineer Bill Osborne provided on-board support. The aircraft climbed to an initial altitude of 10,500 feet/3,200 meters and reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft/4,572 m. During the 2-hour-and-16-minute flight, the crew exercised all primary flight control systems; evaluated handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations; performed a simulated approach and go-around; and checked all systems using the SymmetryTM flight deck touchscreen controllers. The aircraft achieved a maximum air speed of 194 knots. It landed back in Savannah at 12:55 p.m. local time.


“The successful first flight of N500GA represents the tremendous investments we have made in the G500 program,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “We have achieved this milestone thanks to Gulfstream’s world-class research and development teams and our commitment to setting new standards for business aviation.”

Years before this first flight, Gulfstream established four labs dedicated to the G500 program:
- A Conceptual Advanced Simulation Environment to develop fly-by-wire control laws and perform human factors evaluations
- A systems integration bench to integrate the avionics and aircraft systems with the aircraft’s Data Concentration Network
- A full flight deck integration test facility to evaluate major avionic and aircraft systems and software
o The ITF also includes an outfitted cabin to test the galley, the Gulfstream Cabin Management System and other interior elements
- And an iron bird — a spatially correct, dimensionally accurate structure, including the flight deck, used to rigorously evaluate the fly-by-wire flight controls, hydraulics, electrical systems and landing gear

Before today’s flight, Gulfstream completed more than 34,000 hours of testing in the G500 labs on the ground before taking to the skies.
The G500 flight-test program consists of five aircraft, including a fully outfitted production aircraft that will allow the company to test all the interior elements and complete integration of the aircraft systems with the passenger experience.

The G500 rolled out under its own power on Oct. 14, 2014, when Gulfstream also revealed a nearly 70-foot/21-meter mockup of the G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.


The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER. The aircraft is powered by the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA engine, which delivers excellent fuel efficiency, fewer emissions and less engine noise. Pratt & Whitney Canada received certification of the PW800 series engine in February.
The G500 and G600 also include Gulfstream’s all-new SymmetryTM Flight Deck, the most advanced, stylish, comfortable and intuitive flight deck in business aviation. The cutting-edge technology comes in the form of active control sidesticks, integrated touchscreen controllers, next-generation enhanced vision system, and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.
In addition to the revolutionary Symmetry Flight Deck, the G500 and G600 cabins maximize passenger comfort and aircraft performance and can carry up to 19 passengers. The optimized wide cabin also features an industry-leading cabin altitude of 4,850 ft/1,478 m at FL510 and 100 percent fresh air that boosts mental alertness and productivity while reducing fatigue. The G500 is expected to receive type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency in 2017. It is slated to enter service in 2018.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,200 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the Gulfstream G150TM, the Gulfstream G280TM, the Gulfstream G450TM, the Gulfstream G550TM, the Gulfstream G500TM, the Gulfstream G600TM, the Gulfstream G650TM and the Gulfstream G650ERTM. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft SalesTM. The company employs more than 15,000 people at 12 major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos at www.gulfstreamnews.com.

 

 

11/05/2015

THE PILATUS PC-24 TAKES OFF ON ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT!

The first ever PC-24 Super Versatile Jet took off on its maiden flight today at 10.00 local time from Buochs airport. Just under 1800 Pilatus staff, all of whom are directly or indirectly involved in the PC-24 project, were there to applaud the business jet as it taxied for takeoff. Prototype P01, call sign HB-VXA, flew across central Switzerland for a total of 55 minutes. The flight went exactly as planned with no problems whatsoever.

The PC-24 is capable of exceptional performance, and this maiden flight was a first opportunity to showcase some impressive credentials: the twin-engine business jet took off from runway 07 in just under 600 m and climbed to 10,000 feet (approx. 3000 m) in around three minutes, where the two pilots completed a series of meticulously planned tests. The maiden flight followed a route across central Switzerland – from Altdorf to Brünig via Engelberg.

Test pilot Paul Mulcahy, who has some 11,000 hours under his belt, flew the PC-24 as pilot in command. He has already test flown countless aircraft types and has acquired a wealth of experience on twin-engine business jets. "Everything looks great so far! Beautiful handling – the PC-24 flies just as expected – a real Pilatus aircraft!", reported our second experienced test pilot, Reto Aeschlimann, by radio from the cockpit. Throughout the flight the PC-24 was accompanied and monitored by a PC-21. As is normal on maiden flights, the PC-24 landing gear was not retracted on this occasion. Twelve flight test engineers watched the flight from the ground as they kept an eye on a stream of real-time flight data received from the PC-24. Had the need arisen, these experts could have given the pilots crucial decision-making information: another means of ensuring the safest possible conditions for the entire maiden flight.

In recent months, the PC-24 handling characteristics had been trialled and refined during numerous tests using simulators and models placed in a wind tunnel. As part of the development team, our two pilots were involved in these tests; their role during the maiden flight was to verify the accuracy of the theoretical assumptions.

The first Swiss business jet "It's an emotional moment for sure, and another major milestone in the Pilatus and Swiss aviation history", says Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "See our new business jet take off on its maiden flight is something we've worked very hard for, and dreamt about for a long time. Today, at last, that 'Swiss Dream' became a reality!“ Like the other members of the test crew, Schwenk's face is a vision of delighted enthusiasm.

The onlookers burst into another round of applause as the wheels of the PC-24 gently came into contact with the tarmac. Paul Mulcahy earned more applause as he left the cockpit, saying to the crowd that this is "a real Pilatus aircraft!".

Challenging test flight programme

A total of three PC-24 prototypes will be built and used to complete a rigorous test programme of some 2,300 hours over the next two years. Fewer than half those hours will actually be flown in Switzerland, the remainder will be flown elsewhere. Certification and initial deliveries of the first aircraft to come off the production line are planned from 2017. Pilatus sold 84 PC-24's in the space of just 36 hours at last year's European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in May.

The PC-24 is the world's first business jet to be equipped with a cargo door as standard, with takeoff and landing performance that allows the use of very short and even unmade runways. The jet also boasts a spacious cabin with an interior which can be customised to accommodate individual customer needs. This is indeed a "Super Versatile Jet" – an aircraft designed for a wide variety of missions in line with specific requirements.

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01/2015: Retrofit of Learjet 35/35A 
Avionic to fulfil the current and upcoming legal standards to allow operating the Learjet 35/35A for the next decade.

Situation:

The Design Organization of Air Alliance initiated a Learjet 35/35A Avionic retrofit program to comply with the appropriate current and future EASA and FAA requirements, as well the Eurocontrol mandates. This in turn will also enhance the reliability of the entire Avionic system and its individual components. The obsolete mechanical panel instruments and its information sources are replaced by new modern electronic components. This will reduce the direct maintenance costs of the entire Avionic system as well since the electronic components are less susceptible to interference.


 

Solution:
The entire design change includes the installation of the Avionic components as follows:

- Dual Garmin GTN750 GPS/VOR/LOC/GS/COM Systems
- Dual Sandel SN4500 EHSI Primary Navigation Displays
- Dual Sandel SN4550 EADI Primary Navigation Displays
- Garmin GMA35 Remote Audio System
- Honeywell RDR2000 Weather Radar (opt.: Garmin GWX70 Weather Radar)
- Collins ALT4000 Radar Altimeter
- Garmin GSR56 Iridium SATCOM
- Dual Collins AHS1000S Attitude Heading Reference System
- Garmin TCAS II Change 7.1 including GTS8000 Traffic Processor and dual GTX3000 Transponder

Chance:
The advantage of this Avionic concept is the modular structure of the system. The retrofit can be individually custom tailored to the requirements and demand of each customer. The hardware installation and the compliance with the airworthiness requirements is covered by several EASA STC’s and minor changes. Applying for FAA validation of the EASA STC’s and minor changes is considered within next months.

With the Air Alliance design change, you comply with the requirements as follows:

  • Basic-RNAV operation
  • Precision-RNAV operation
  • GPS operation
  • RNAV RNP APCH operation
  • RNAV LPV APCH operation
  • Oceanic/Remote RNAV 10 operation
  • TAWS Class A
  • ADS-B surveillance
  • TCAS II change 7.1

STC's:

STC 10051957: Installation of Dual Garmin GTN 750
STC 10051958: Installation of Garmin GTS 8000 TCAS II
STC 10051962: Installation of dual Rockwell Collins AHS-1000

05/2014    
GULFSTREAM APPOINTS INDEPENDENT SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR EUROPE 

Appointments Broaden Regional Sales Coverage, Increase Convenience For Customers
SAVANNAH, Ga., May 21, 2014 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently enhanced its sales and marketing efforts in Europe and Africa with the appointment of two representatives to assist with new aircraft sales transactions. The new company-authorized independent sales representatives are Air Alliance GmbH...

 gulfstream_appoints_independent_sales_representatives_for_europe_and_africa.pdf - 37kb


04/2014    
NEW PC-12 SALES & SERVICE CENTER FOR GERMANY AND AUSTRIA Pilatus Aircraft Ltd names Air Alliance GmbH as official PC-12 Sales and Service Center for Germany and Austria.
Air Alliance GmbH has been passionate about providing first-class service to general and business aviation for over 20 years. Originally a small hangar operation, the company has developed into a state-of-the-art provider of aviation services. Today, Air Alliance GmbH occupies leading market positions in its core business areas of aircraft maintenance, sale of new and used aircraft, air transport and flight training.

Matthias Luder, Sales & Marketing PC-12, Pilatus; Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation, 
Pilatus; Markus Bucher, CEO, Pilatus; Wolfgang Krombach, CEO, Air Alliance;
Georg Mueller-Breuer, Sales, Air Alliance

Press Release Pilatus:
 pilatus-media-release-air-alliance-pc-12-verkaufscenter.pdf - 97 kB



Take a look at the July issue of the english Magazin GA Buyer. They have published an article about our Redbird Flight Simulators.
Redbird Flight Simulations was established in 2006 with the specific purpose making simulation more accessible to the general aviation industry. Today, there are over 700 Redbird simulators operating in 29 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. (Although the company has considered dropping one there so every continent is covered.) The Redbird FMX line of full-motion simulators has certification as a FNPT-II device in Belgium, Germany and Poland. Certification is pending in additional countries including the U.K., Denmark and Greece, as well as other locations worldwide...
 red_bird_julliet13b.pdf - 231 kB
 

Diamond Aircraft names Air Alliance as new distributor for Germany!
by December 2012 air alliance, located at airport siegerland (Germany), is the official Ger- man distributor for Diamond aircraft’s civil product range from the Da/DV20 to the Da42-Vi. the company will also provide all aircraft related services. for existing German Diamond customers the remarkable service of Diamond aircraft egelsbach will be still available. in addition the aircraft can be maintained by air alliance at siegerland airport (EDGS).
 diamond_aircraft_announces_new_german_distributor_e.pdf - 893 kB
 

5-Bladed Propeller for Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Air Alliance GmbH, based at Siegerland Airport / Germany, Cessna Service Center for Caravan and Grand Caravan, and MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH, based at Straubing Airport / Germany together have developed a 5-bladed propeller to reduce the noise level. The noise level in accordance with ICAO Annex 16, chapter X is 76dB (A) which is 2 dB (A) below the German LSL. The Cessna 208B and the Super Cargomaster thereby fulfill the increased noise protection regulations, which is especially attractive for skydiving operation. In addition to the reduction of the outside noise levels of almost 8 dB (A), the interior noise has been reduced to a minimum as well. It has been applied for the EASA type certification and is expected shortly.
 press_release_5blatt_prop_mt_prop_eng_181011.pdf - 1 MB
 

Air Alliance Medflight in the EBAN Magazine: Stock market placing funds growth for Hangar8
London Oxford-headquartered Hangar 8 plc intends to raise up to £2 million by way of a placing on AIM, the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies. It aims to use the money to expand its 19-strong managed fleet...
 eban_page_01.pdf - 1 MB

Air Alliance GmbH appointed as Blackhawk-Partner for Europe:
Blackhawk signed an agreement during EBACE in Geneva with German based Air Alliance for 3 new Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engines for the Grand Caravan 208 series. The new engine option with 850 continuous SHP will offer a much needed boost in takeoff, climb and cruise performance for the Cessna Grand Caravan. Air Alliance, the leading Cessna Caravan Dealer in Europe was also instated as a fully authorized Blackhawk Distributor and Installation Center for all Blackhawk products. For the installation and distribution of the Caravan XP 42A upgrade Air Alliance is the only Blackhawk partner for Europe. Certification for the new PT6A-42A engine is expected in the fourth quarter of 2009 and deliveries will begin thereafter...
 blackhawk_press_release.pdf - 419 kB
 
Air Alliance GmbH appointed as Installation- and Service-Center for TKS Anti-Ice Systems on Cessna 350 and 400 serie:s
Air Alliance GmbH, located at Siegerland Airport in Germany, Cessna Piston Engine and Caravan Partner has been appointed from Cessna as Installation- and Service- Center for TKS Anti-Ice Systems. Air Alliance GmbH is authorized to retrofit and maintain TKS Anti-Ice Systems on aircraft of the Cessna series 350 and 400 and former Columbia models. Furthermore, TKS fluids which are used for other aircraft models as well can be purchased at Air Alliance GmbH.
 press_release_tks_englisch_060209.pdf - 19 kB

 
Retrofit of Traffic Advisory System (TAS) and Stormscope WX-500 in Garmin G1000 Systems on Cessna 172SP is available from now on
Air Alliance GmbH, located at Siegerland Airport in Germany, Cessna Piston Engine and Caravan Partner has developed an EASA Supplement Type Certificate (STC) for Germany and Europe to retrofit the Bendix King KTA-870 TAS Traffic Advisory System and the L3 – WX-500 Stormscope on the Cessna 172SP with Garmin G1000 Cockpit.
 press_release_tas_u_wx_500_englisch_060209.pdf - 19 kB