Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics that designs, develops, manufactures and services the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft, will construction of a new maintenance facility at Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles, California. The company will also establish a Field and Airborne Support Teams unit in the Boston, Massachusetts, area.
The company will build a 43,200-square-foot/4,013-square-meter service center in Van Nuys, with nearly 24,000 sf/2,230 sm of attached shop and office space. Gulfstream's facility will complement an adjacent fixed-based operation run by sister company Jet Aviation. Operations are expected to begin in 2019.
Meanwhile, on the opposite coast of the United States, a Gulfstream FAST unit, which comprises factory-trained technicians and a custom truck outfitted with equipment and spare parts, will be based at Jet Aviation's facility at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts.
There are more than 130 Gulfstream aircraft based at Van Nuys Airport, the busiest business aviation airport in Southern California, and nearly 20 at Hanscom Field.
"These additions to our product support network will keep us well-positioned to accommodate operators located at or traveling through these busy corridors for Gulfstream aircraft," said Derek Zimmerman, President, Gulfstream Product Support. "They will also help us prepare for the upcoming deliveries of our two new aircraft, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, and enhance our ability to provide a world-class customer experience."
Gulfstream Van Nuys said it will initially focus on line maintenance and serve as the new base of operations for the FAST unit in place at Van Nuys Airport since late 2013. Operators whose aircraft require heavier maintenance can continue to use Gulfstream Long Beach, the company-owned service center approximately 45 miles away.