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Entries in Gulfstream G600 (2)

FAA Certifies Gulfstream G600

, and | Business & Commercial Aviation

In late June, Gulfstream’s G600 received its type and production certificates from the FAA, clearing the way for first deliveries to begin 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 Gulfstream President Mark Burns, who went on to note that the FAA award came less than a year after similar dual certifications were bestowed simultaneously upon the all-new G500. The G600 performance specifications include a 6,500-nm range at Mach 0.85 cruise, or 5,500 nm at Mach 0.90. The new model features a Symmetry Flight Deck, including active control sidesticks and 10 touchscreens. The aircraft can be configured with three living areas in the passenger cabin, plus a crew rest area forward.

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General Dynamics Buys Nordam Nacelle Line for Gulfstreams

Gulfstream maker General Dynamics (GD) said Oct. 1 it acquired the Nordam Group’s nacelle manufacturing line for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600, ending a drama that saw the latter file for bankruptcy and threats arise to one of industry’s high-profile business jets.

GD said it will continue to operate the line at Nordam’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, facility. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the transfer Sept. 26, clearing the way for the acquisition. Terms will not be disclosed, the company added.

According to GD, a deal for the line was filed in court in September. What is more, GD had been operating the line “since early September” under a sublease as parties worked to address Nordam’s bankruptcy, filed July 22.

“Gulfstream has a 60-year history of manufacturing and product excellence that will serve our customers well as we assume responsibility for nacelle production,” Gulfstream President Mark Burns said. “The manufacturing of this component is firmly in our wheelhouse, especially since we also manufacture the wings and empennages for these aircraft.”

Family owned Nordam filed for bankruptcy protection after a protracted contract dispute with Pratt & Whitney Canada over the PW800 nacelle system used in G500s and G600s. The company said the bankruptcy was due to...

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