Saturday, 29 April 2017

P & G joins "an elite club"

With new reservations of N1PG and N2PG being assigned to G650s 6260 and 6264, Procter & Gamble will become just the 5th corporation to operate at least 1 example of all 6 generations of the Gulfstream family. The other 4 companies in this elite club are The Walt Disney Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Honeywell International Inc. and Occidental Petroleum Corporation. The first G1s were delivered to P and G in 1960 and they currently operate a pair of G550s. Thanks to FK Larkin for his assistance in preparing this post.
N1PG (062) at Heathrow in 1977
N3PG (5091) at Luton in 2006

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Stunning G650 identified

Following on from a post in early February, that smart G650 at Long Beach has now been seen carrying N646GA so is con 6246. It was seen returning from a test flight yesterday by Michael Carter who has kindly forwarded this picture. This has N595TG reserved. One now suspects that the Chinese one seen in late February is con 6251.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

New German G650 spotted

Recently delivered G650 D-AWWW (6215) was seen at Stuttgart last week. Based here and operated by DC Aviation, this became the 3rd G650 on the German register although you'll have seen from a recent post here that one of them has recently returned to the US register. Thanks to Dave Haines for this picture.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Long service award

There are very few things in the aviation world that are constant and there seems to be a continual turnover of models by the majority of customers. It therefore makes a change to hear of one that has soldiered on for several decades. G4 HB-IMY (1084) was delivered to Geneva in August 1989. It has recently been re-registered as N14ZA and has just flown to Portsmouth (KPSM) and has an onward plan to Fresno (KFAT). Thanks to JL Altherr for posting his pic on Flickr (click on link) this morning.
This lovely shot of HB-IMY was taken by Graham Wasey at GVA in 2011


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #12

G650 N988DJ (6143) is seen arriving from Guernsey today where it has taken up it's new registration. The former D-ADSK which has been on the market for about a year so good to see it's found a new owner. Departed a few hours later to Bangor on delivery. Pictured by John Lythgoe.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Another G650 delivered to Taiwan

G650 N635GA (6235) arrived at Taipei yesterday on delivery from Savannah via Anchorage. Believe this is the 5th one based here now joining N650JK (6046), B-56789 (6152), B-99988 (6165) and N858CG (6209). The FAA register still shows this as registered to the manufacturer so will be interesting to see what happens next. Picture of B-56789 via 湯小沅
Update: N635GA cancelled to Taiwan on 13th April


Monday, 27 March 2017

Tips for buying a G650

Although many of us will never even fly on a G650, let alone buy one, there are an elite few who are able to do this. It's hard to believe that it's easy to get it wrong. Even the richest of people don't want to lose millions when they get round to selling it for whatever reason.
It's harder to sell one with a rear galley as most owners don't want the crew going for coffee when they're trying to sleep. Have heard stories of a pink and fluffy interior on one which might be great for you but will a prospective buyer want it? Probably not. A 4 zone cabin configuration is great if you're not going far on your flights but if someone wants to take advantage of a 14 hour range, the extra pilot you need will be having dinner with you instead of hiding in the crew compartment at the front.
There is a G650 that's been on the market for nearly 2 years now and there's a fair old 2nd hand market out there so don't expect a quick sale especially if you ignore the above.


Monday, 20 March 2017

New US Coast Guard G5?

Have received a report that there may be a new United States Coast Guard Gulfstream in service. Have seen nothing visual but flight trackers show that a GLF5 with a callsign of C202 and a hex code of AE5F07 has been visiting Washington (DCA) recently. I am aware of 2 in service. These are 01 (con 653) which has a hex code of AE10C1 and uses the callsign C101 and 02 (con 638) which has a hex code of AE4E05 and uses the callsign C102. It's possible that the codes have been changed so any visual confirmation of a new one would be appreciated.
01 visiting Zurich in 2007
Update: I have now seen a picture on Facebook of G550 N640W (5416) in full Coast Guard scheme and another of it carrying 02 on the tail. I am advised that G5 02 was leased so presumably will be returned upon the delivery of the new 02.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Disney Gulfstreams

With the recent delivery of a 2nd G650 to Earth Star, the flight department of the Walt Disney Company, thought it was time for a run down of their fleet.  It began when G-159 (121) was delivered in early 1964. It flew as N234MM and used the radio call sign "234 Mickey Mouse". Disney has also operated two G-1159s: N283MM (81) and N900ES (174); a pair of G-1159As: N600ES (322) and N500MM (460); as well as G-IV/GIV-Xs: N500MM (1135) and N300ES (4209). 53 years later, the Disney fleet includes GV-SP N900ES (5322) and a pair of GVIs. The two G650ERs are N100ES (6014) and the recently delivered N200ES (6228).
N234MM was caught by Caz Caswell at Toronto in 1991. This is currently preserved at Disney World in Orlando. N200ES was caught by Michael Carter at Long Beach arriving from it's base of Burbank. The above fleet details via FK Larkin.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

New engines certified

Pratt and Whitney Canada have received US certification of the PW814GA and PW815GA engines that will power the new G500 and G600 respectively. This is the next step towards deliveries of the G500 some time this year. See www.ainonline.com.
via Gulfstream


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Random Gulfstream photo #11

G3 N270MC (374) returned to Luton today from Amsterdam and was caught by John Lythgoe. It has also visited Birmingham and Liverpool lately as well as Luton last week. Con 374 was originally delivered to Dow Jones & Co. as N122DJ in 1983, replacing a G2 with the same registration.


N30LX gains some new bumps

G3 N30LX (438) belonging to Lockheed Martin has found itself a new role and some new bumps. Serial number 438 was originally delivered to Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (founded in 1841) as N1841D. D&B provides analytics that assist corporate managers with their strategic decision making. 33 years on, this airframe has been modified by its current owner to collect data that can be used by military leaders to make their strategic decisions. (Thanks to FK Larkin for the history) More details can be found at lockheedmartin.com
via Lockheed Martin