Gulfstream Delivers Special Mission G550 to the U.S. Navy

Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered a special mission G550 to the United States Navy.

Designed and modified at Gulfstream, this aircraft will host a wide array of sensors to support the Navy’s telemetry range support mission.

“The G550, with its exceptional reliability and proven performance, is an ideal aircraft for Telemetry Range Support Aircraft and will help the U.S. Navy address its diverse and challenging operations,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

The unmatched performance, speed, high altitude and range of Gulfstream aircraft make them ideally suited for a variety of special missions. The sophisticated cabin also provides an optimized operational environment for crews.

For more than 50 years, Gulfstream has been producing aircraft for a variety of special missions, including head-of-state transport, airborne early warning, ground surveillance, maritime patrol and aeromedical evacuation. More than 200 Gulfstream aircraft support governments in 40 countries.

Emirates Aircraft Quarantined At New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport

An Emirates A380-800 aircraft from Dubai landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and is being held away from the terminal under quarantine after about 100 passengers on board reported feeling sick.

The aircraft, which landed with at least 521 passengers onboard shortly after 9 a.m, was met on arrival by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority Police.

According to the CDC, approximately 100 passengers, including some crew on the flight, complained of illness including coughing and some with fever.

CDC public health officers are working with the port authority, EMS, and CBP officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals for those that need care.  Passengers who are not ill will be allowed to continue with their travel plans, and if necessary will be followed up with by health officials.

Benjamin Haynes, CDC Senior Press Officer, added: “We will have more information as passengers and crew members are evaluated.”

When asked by the Aviation Tribune, an Emirates spokesperson said:

“Emirates can confirm that all passengers have disembarked from flight EK 203. All passengers were screened by the local health authorities prior to disembarkation and 3 passengers and 7 crew were transferred to the hospital for further medical care and evaluation. Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterward.  The rest of the passengers were allowed to leave and clear customs. Our crew and ground staff extended our full cooperation with the authorities during the onboard screenings and the aircraft has now been handed back to Emirates.

“Due to the delay with the inbound flight, the return flight EK204 from JFK to Dubai will be delayed by approximately 3 hours. Passengers with connecting flights in Dubai who are impacted by the delay will be assisted with rebookings by our local ground staff.

“We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience caused. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is always our top priority.”


CDC public health officers, working with port authority, NYC, NYS, EMS, and CBP officials, have completed health evaluations (including taking temperatures) of all 549 passengers and crew members on board.

11 individuals have been taken to a local hospital for care and the remaining passengers have been released. We are requesting the passengers who have been evaluated and released to call their provider and health department if they develop any symptoms, and to give their travel history and report of incident. They may receive a follow-up call from their health department just as a check-in.

Bristow Commences New Contract in Barents Sea

Bristow Norway is commencing a previously announced five-year contract on September 1, 2018, from its Hammerfest base.

Bristow will provide helicopter offshore crew change services and search and rescue (SAR) services to support Eni Norway and Equinor.

“We are very proud of the recognition we have received in securing this work in the Barents Sea,” said Area Manager Norway Heidi Wulff Heimark. “This confirms that the work our employees do every day brings results. The contract is an important part of our efforts to become the leading operator of offshore helicopters in Norway and globally.”

Bristow Norway has delivered helicopter services for Eni Norway and Equinor operations in the Barents Sea for the last nine years and is well established in Hammerfest. The necessary infrastructure and professional expertise required for operations in the Barents Sea region is already in place at the Hammerfest base.

Bristow will utilize an existing Sikorsky S-92 in oil and gas configuration to provide crew change services for offshore platforms, and an existing all-weather (AWSAR) SAR S-92 for the search and rescue work to significantly improve offshore safety and rescue capability. Both helicopters will be equipped to the latest Norwegian oil and gas standards, with integrated traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS II), tail mounted cameras and Performance-Based Navigation (PBN). The AWSAR S-92 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and fully certified for night vision goggles (NVG) operations, with forward looking infrared (FLIR), auto hover, twin-hoist, mission management with moving map and increased on-board medical capabilities. On short notice, the crew change helicopter can be reconfigured as a backup for the SAR helicopter with full AWSAR capability.

“The Barents Sea is clearly a priority area; the contract involves transport to and from the Goliat field and several future exploration operations for both Equinor and Eni Norway,” said Heidi. “With this contract, Bristow Norway is well positioned for future exciting operations in the region, also with other oil companies.

“Bristow Norway thanks Equinor and Eni Norway for the trust they have shown us in giving us responsibility for helicopter services in the Barents Sea and we look forward to constructive long-term cooperation,” said Heidi.