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GULFSTREAM PROMOTES NEIL VERNON TO DIRECTOR OF DEMONSTRATION AND CORPORATE FLIGHT OPERATIONS
Neil Vernon, director, Demonstration and Corporate Flight Operations
SAVANNAH, Ga., May 6, 2009 - Gulfstream Aerospace has promoted Neil Vernon to director, Demonstration and Corporate Flight Operations. In his new role, he coordinates demonstration flights, showcasing the capabilities of Gulfstream aircraft to potential customers around the world. Vernon also oversees flights of corporate aircraft and the award-winning, industry-leading Gulfstream Airborne Product Support aircraft. He replaced Roc Miles, who retired on April 24.
An eight-year Gulfstream employee, Vernon most recently served as chief demonstration pilot for the company’s large-cabin aircraft. As such, he guided the department through International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification. In addition to being qualified to fly mid-cabin business jets, Vernon serves as a senior international demonstration captain and has served as safety officer for Gulfstream.
During Vernon’s more than 20 years as a pilot, he has flown corporate jets for National Bank of Commerce in Lincoln, Neb., and Gateway Computers in Sioux City, Iowa. His early aviation career included a stint as a regional airline pilot for West Air. Vernon also served as a pilot and aviation education coordinator for the state of Nebraska. Along with flying state government officials, which included the governor, he was responsible for aviation education within the state’s Department of Aeronautics.
Vernon has a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He has earned pilot type ratings for all Gulfstream aircraft as well as the Beechcraft King Air 300/350.
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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced some 1,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200®; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350®; the large-cabin, long-range G450®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 9,700 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,300 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.gd.com.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically-advanced business jet aircraft.