OK'd by FAA, Israeli CAA
Gulfstream has received approval for
a new version of its G200 MSG-3 scheduled maintenance program, from
both the FAA and the Israeli Civil Aviation
The new MSG-3 program significantly reduces the number of
required scheduled maintenance tasks while retaining the highest
level of safety standards as defined by Federal Aviation
Regulations ( FARs ). MSG-3 is the acronym for the Maintenance
Steering Group – 3 rd Task Force, which developed the
industry standard process to evaluate maintenance programs. Using
historical reliability data of the G200, the new MSG-3 program
continues to maintain aircraft reliability while extending
“With extended intervals between maintenance checks and
fewer required tasks, the G200 MSG-3 program significantly reduces
an aircraft owner’s operating expenses while increasing the
aircraft’s availability,” said Larry Flynn, president,
product support, Gulfstream Aerospace.
Operators whose G200 business jets are maintained through the
new G200 MSG-3 program significantly extend their maintenance
intervals to 500 flight hours for an “A” check and
every 12 months for a “C” check. In comparison, G200
aircraft maintained under the previous maintenance program were
required to go in for service every 300 flight hours.
The new MSG-3 program’s
emphasis on safety also allowed for a reduction in the number of
Certification Maintenance Requirements, those essential tasks
required to maintain airworthiness, from 40 tasks to seven.
G200 operators who fly their aircraft an average of 1,000 hours
a year and adopt the new G200 MSG-3 program will reduce the number
of scheduled maintenance tasks from 455 to 72 in the first year
alone. Over a four-year period, the tasks would be reduced from
2,161 to 464.
Gulfstream has developed a no-cost service bulletin, SB
200-05-280, for G200 operators who wish to convert their aircraft
to the new MSG-3 scheduled maintenance program.
Gulfstream notes that the new G200 MSG-3 program was developed
with the same methodology as their existing MSG programs for
GV-series aircraft – G550, G500 and GV; GIV-series aircraft
– G450, G350, G400, G300, GIV-SP, GIV; and the Gulfstream
G150, which will enter service this quarter.