“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Gulfstream Further Expands Its R&D Center
Gulfstream Aerospace has acquired a 253,000-sq-ft building in Savannah, Ga., to house its growing research and development program. This furthers an expansion plan that Gulfstream announced on November 15, which includes building new facilities at the northwest quadrant of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, renovating several existing facilities on the main campus and expanding office and lab facilities at the Gulfstream research and development center. "Gulfstream recognizes the strategic importance of research and development," said Pres Henne, senior vice president of programs, engineering and test. "This expansion will enable us to explore new technologies that further enhance aircraft safety, reliability, dependability and efficiency for our customers." Gulfstream bought its new R&D building late last month and has started the first of two planned renovations, which should be completed next month. The second renovation is slated to start in April and is scheduled for completion next year. Gulfstream's recent R&D expansion has fueled industry speculation that more new models beyond the in-development G250 and G650 are forthcoming.