23/06/2008 GULFSTREAM CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF LONDON-LUTON SERVICE CENTER
Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), recently celebrated the five-year anniversary of its London-Luton Service Center. The facility is the first and only Gulfstream-owned service center to be operated outside the United States. Gulfstream bought the maintenance center from BBA Aviation in April 2003. After its first year of operation, the U.K. facility doubled its hangar space from 28,000 to 56,000 square feet. That same year, it became the first Federal Aviation Administration-certificated aircraft maintenance center outside the United States to be awarded the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Certificate of Excellence. The award recognizes the highest level of achievement among five levels of technician maintenance training. The London-Luton Service Center is one of six Gulfstream-owned service centers. It provides maintenance for the Gulfstream G550, G500, G450, G350, G200, G400 and G300 as well as the GV, GIV-SP, GIV, GIII and GII. The facility has received approval to work on a variety of Gulfstream aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Industry, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department, the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bahrain and United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority. In 2007, the center and its nearly 100 employees serviced approximately 1,350 Gulfstream aircraft.