FAST Provides Hangar-side Assistance

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Photography By Stephanie Lipscomb

For the more than 60 Gulfstream operators in northern and central California, peace of mind is spelled F-A-S-T.

Gulfstream recently began serving operators in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas using a specially outfitted Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) mobile maintenance vehicle.

From its base at San Jose International Airport, the vehicle supports Gulfstream aircraft located in and around San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland, as well as Gulfstream aircraft in Sacramento, Fresno and as far east as Reno, Nev. From December to early March, the vehicle will be based at Denver’s Centennial Airport to serve operators in Colorado during ski season.

The custom-designed FAST vehicle supports technicians providing a wide range of services, including aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support, line maintenance, inspections and engine changes. The FAST support vehicle is staffed by technicians from Gulfstream’s service center in Long Beach, Calif.

The FAST support vehicle comprises a 24-foot-long by 8-foot-wide (7-meter-long by 2-meter-wide) trailer hauled by a Ford F-650 truck. A seven-member team can work directly out of the work center whether it is attached to the truck or offloaded onto a ramp. The work center is equipped with technical data access, a 645-piece consolidated toolbox, replacement parts, an onboard generator, a lift, a hydraulic mule, an air compressor and aircraft jacks.

On-board capabilities include line-service repairs, engine changes, parts removal and installation, post-flight and storage inspections, minor scheduled inspections, and minor cabin interior repairs.

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support, says customer response will help determine when and where the company positions a similar vehicle in other parts of the world where there is a high concentration of Gulfstream aircraft.

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