Flynn’s promotion comes on the eve of certifications for two huge programs. The company expects certification soon for the super-midsize and recently renamed G280. It is also on the cusp of certification for the Gulfstream G650, an ultra-long-range intercontinental business jet that, despite the loss of a test aircraft and four Gulfstream employees last year, ranks as the most successful launch in Gulfstream history. The company reportedly has more than 200 orders for the $65 million jet. Flynn’s ascendancy was a surprise and comes on the heels of a very successful quarter for Gulfstream but recent poor financial performance by Jet Aviation and its aircraft interior and avionics completions business.