Gulfstream has officially opened its second company-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Southern California. The new service centre at Van Nuys Airport has customer resources that include sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and sizeable ramp space.
Gulfstream Van Nuys also serves as the local operating base for Gulfstream field and airborne support teams, a rapid-response unit that specialises in troubleshooting grounded aircraft. Complementing the Van Nuys operation is Gulfstream Long Beach, the company-owned service centre and completions facility approximately 45 miles away.
Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support, said, “We are excited and proud to add Gulfstream Van Nuys to our rapidly growing worldwide service centre network.
“Southern California, especially Los Angeles County, is a prime location for Gulfstream business jets, and with maintenance facilities in both Van Nuys and Long Beach, we have the resources to assist customers based in and transitioning through the area faster and more efficiently.
“This expansion ensures our new aircraft, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, and the rest of our growing fleet continue to have the best service and support in business aviation. We’re grateful to our parent company, General Dynamics, and to Los Angeles World Airports for their critical support.”
There are more than 130 Gulfstream aircraft based at Van Nuys Airport, the most active business aviation airport in California. More than 220 Gulfstream aircraft are based in Southern California.
The Gulfstream Van Nuys facility can accommodate four Gulfstream G650ER or G650 aircraft and has easy access to the company’s West Coast Customer Support Distribution Centre, which has a parts and materials inventory of nearly US$30m.
Both Gulfstream Van Nuys and Long Beach offer SAF, which is produced at a nearby refinery operated by World Energy and blended with traditional petroleum-based Jet A fuel.
Gulfstream Van Nuys is the company’s third maintenance facility opening in the past five months. In August and September 2019, Gulfstream opened service centre expansions in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Savannah, respectively. In 2020, Gulfstream will begin operations at newly built service centres in Palm Beach, Florida, and Farnborough, England.