18/06/2008 GULFSTREAM ROLLS-OUT 200th GULFSTREAM G550/G500
Gulfstream Aerospace recently rolled out the 200th Gulfstream G550/G500 at its manufacturing plant in Savannah. The business jet will now be outfitted and painted at the company’s completion facility in Long Beach, Calif. Gulfstream also has completion facilities for large-cabin aircraft in Appleton, Wis., Brunswick, Ga., and Savannah. The roll-out of this aircraft represents a significant milestone, says Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream. In less than five years, our work force has assembled 200 aircraft of the G550/G500 family. This roll-out reflects the hard work, dedication, and innovation of Gulfstream’s employees, as well as the popularity of the aircraft in the Business Aviation industry. The G550/G500 was officially introduced on Sept. 9, 2002, in Orlando, Fla. In a first for Gulfstream, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the Type and Production certificates for the G550 on the same day, Aug. 14, 2003. A Type Certificate indicates the FAA has approved the design of an aircraft, while a Production Certificate confirms a manufacturer’s production processes comply with FAA regulations. The first G550 was subsequently delivered on Sept. 17, 2003, while its sister ship, the G500, was certified by the FAA on Dec. 8, 2003, and delivered to its first customer on May 20, 2004. In the 100th anniversary year of powered flight, the G550/G500 Development Team was honored with the 2003 Robert J. Collier Trophy by the National Aeronautic Association for its technological break-through in aviation. The trophy is the most prestigious aviation award in the United States.