Senior aircraft technician Don Chouinard is one of Gulfstream Westfield's nearly 170 employees.
SAVANNAH, Ga., August 30, 2012 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that its company-owned service center in Westfield, Mass., recently extended its hours of operation. The facility at Barnes Regional Airport now has an overnight shift from 10 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Gulfstream Westfield, located approximately 97 miles from Boston and 130 miles from the New York metro area, offers a full range of services, including aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support, airframe inspections, avionics installations and interior refurbishments. Facility technicians are certified to work on large- and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft along with Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger business jets.
The new shift’s eight technicians are available to perform maintenance at Westfield’s facility or be dispatched for AOG situations within a four-hour drive.
“Westfield’s extended hours will ensure that our customers receive the best support possible while traveling in the Northeast U.S., the busiest corridor in the world for Gulfstream aircraft,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “Our Westfield staff is certified to work on nearly 500 aircraft based within approximately 150 miles of the facility, including more than 200 Gulfstream jets. Adding to the demand for service is a significant amount of transient Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream traffic.”
In May 2012, Gulfstream broke ground on a 125,000-square-foot hangar at the site that will sit adjacent to the existing 85,000-square-foot service hangar. The new hangar is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2013 and will result in at least 100 additional Product Support-related jobs at Gulfstream Westfield. Nearly 40 of those positions have already been filled.
Gulfstream Westfield is certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, and also has maintenance approvals from the civil aviation authorities in Aruba, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
In 2011, Westfield employees serviced nearly 850 aircraft, which included maintenance support for aircraft located as far away as Newfoundland, Canada.