Savannah, GA, Feb 15, 2012 – (ACN Newswire) – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and FlightSafety International today announced the opening of a new Learning Center in Hong Kong. The center will train operators of Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft using a Level D-qualified full-flight simulator, the first of its kind in Asia. This training was previously held in the United States; the new Hong Kong center will allow pilots and technicians to train closer to where they are based.
Approximately 80 Gulfstream aircraft are located in Hong Kong and mainland China, with a total of 175 in Asia Pacific. Gulfstream is the market-share leader in the region, with 48 percent of large-cabin business jets.
“We’re pleased to partner with FlightSafety to offer this training opportunity for current and future operators,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “This is the first simulator dedicated solely for business-jet operators in Asia, and, as the market leader in the region, we’re thrilled to blaze this trail.”
The new simulator is indicative of the joint commitment Gulfstream and FlightSafety have made to support the region’s rapidly growing customer base. The number of training events FlightSafety provided to the region’s Gulfstream operators increased by 230 percent in the past five years. More than 4,000 courses were delivered in 2011, including more than 700 for pilots, maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals who operate and support Gulfstream aircraft.
The new interchangeable Gulfstream G450 and G550 simulator is equipped with the company’s latest advancements in flight simulation technology, including the VITAl X visual system and electric motion and control loading technology.
“The G450 and G550 are some of our most popular aircraft in Asia thanks to their intercontinental range, speed, reliability and comfort,” Flynn said. “The G450 can travel 8,061 km at Mach 0.80, linking Hong Kong and Moscow or Hong Kong and Perth. The G550, meanwhile, has a range of 12,501 km. It can easily take eight passengers and four crew members from Hong Kong to Honolulu or Hong Kong to Paris.”
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 1,900 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 wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150(R); the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200(R); the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280(R); the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350(R); the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450(R); the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500(R); the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550(R) and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650(R). Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales(R). The company employs more than 11,500 people at 11 major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 95,100 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about thecompany is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.