Gulfstream expands technician training lab


In an effort to ensure its technicians can offer first-rate service, Gulfstream has added two aircraft structures to its On-The-Job Training (OJT) Laboratory. The lab now features a G600 fuselage, main entry door and wing, and a G650 fuselage, door, wing and interior.

“The structured, hands-on OJT Lab has educated more than 500 of our new technicians in the long-standing Gulfstream tradition of providing customized, technically proficient service that exceeds customer expectations,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support. “The ability to get hands-on training for the newest and most popular aircraft in our fleet in a realistic yet controlled environment elevates our technicians’ understanding of our product line and ensures they continue to hone their skills and practice new techniques.”

The OJT Lab is a 16,000ft² (1,486m²) space, founded in March 2016 as part of the Gulfstream Technical Training Center (TTC). As well as the new G650 and G600 structures, the lab boasts a GV with functional landing gear. New employees learn skills including panel removal, sheet metal work, leading-edge removal/servicing and maintenance documentation using the aircraft. Meanwhile, established technicians can use them to strengthen existing skills or learn new ones, including window sealing and G650 main entry door rigging.

Gulfstream opened the 30,000ft² (2,787m²) TTC in August 2015. It has 17 classrooms, including labs for avionics, structures and composites. There are more than 20 instructors, and 300 employees can be accommodated, with more than 90 courses on offer.

June 15, 2018

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