Gulfstream Now Has 114 Employees With The Designation
The FlightSafety International Master Technician designation
has been earned by 51 additional employees of Gulfstream
Aerospace, the company announced Thursday, bringing the total
number to 114. Gulfstream says that is the most of any original
equipment manufacturer (OEM), including at least two at each of the
10 Gulfstream and General Dynamics Aviation Services facilities in
the United States.
The Master Technician Training Program, which FlightSafety
International began in 1994, is a comprehensive, systematic series
of advanced skills courses that provide career development for
technicians. The program is considered the business-aviation
standard for advanced, in-depth maintenance technician
"We are very proud of the employees who have achieved this
milestone," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product
Support. "The Master Technician Training Program produces
knowledgeable, safety-focused technicians. This results in
reduced aircraft downtime, improved turnaround times and increased
dispatch reliability. The program is a great example of our
commitment to providing the best customer support available."
"Gulfstream has embraced our Master Technician Training Program
like no other OEM," said FlightSafety spokeswoman Liz
Robinson. "Our classrooms are full and we have added a few
classes. We appreciate Gulfstream's continued support."
Technician training on Gulfstream aircraft is available at
FlightSafety facilities in Savannah, GA, Dallas, TX, Long Beach,
CA, and Wilmington, DE. According to FlightSafety
statistics, of the 1,258 technicians from around the world who have
earned Master Technician status, 61 percent have it for Gulfstream
To earn the Master Technician designation, maintenance technicians
must successfully complete five advanced maintenance courses for a
specific aircraft. The complete program is available for all
Gulfstream aircraft models except the G150 and G450. Those courses
are expected to be finalized later this year. The class work
begins with a four-week Maintenance Initial course and continues
with a one-week Maintenance Update course on that aircraft.
The other three courses, each a week long, are Engine Run and Taxi;
Troubleshooting; and Operational Maintenance Procedures.
The Operational Maintenance Procedures class includes scenarios
that challenge a technician to quickly return the aircraft to
service. It is often combined with the Troubleshooting
A technician must score 90 percent or above on each written and
hands-on exam to advance in the program. To be eligible for
Master Technician status, an employee must successfully complete at
least one class every two years.