Airlines are forever coming up with ways to make our travelling experience the best it can be. Gulfstream, however, have taken this quest for the ultimate luxury to a whole new other level. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft represent a renaissance in aviation design, technology and comfort with wide-cabins and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.
Lowest Cabin Altitude
The G500 and G600 offer a cabin environment pressurized to the lowest cabin altitude on the market. Despite the large cabin volume, the air is replenished every two minutes to further enhance the passenger experience. This is why, even while flying at 51,000 feet/15,545 meters, passengers’ bodies will feel as though they are standing on terra firma at a mere 4,850 feet/1,478 meters.
100% Fresh Air and Comfort
What determines and ensures a premium cabin experience are wide, comfortable seats and 100 percent fresh air that boosts mental alertness and productivity while reducing fatigue. The quietest cabins in the industry provide an ideal environment for work-related discussion or social conversation. Large oval windows, the same size as those on the G650, allow natural light to pour into the cabins.
Optimized Speed and Fuel Efficiency
The G500 and G600 can fly at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, saving operators up to an hour per flight versus flying at Mach 0.80. The G500 and G600 are powered by versions of the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 series engine. The PW800 delivers excellent fuel efficiency, fewer emissions and engine noise, and has a 10,000-hour time between overhaul with no midlife inspection for lower operating cost. The combination of the new PW800 engines and the Gulfstream-designed wing results in industry leading fuel efficiency for both the G500 and G600.
All-New Symmetry Flight Deck With Touchscreens
Gulfstream’s revolutionary new Symmetry Flight Deck is the most advanced, stylish, comfortable and intuitive in business aviation. The cockpit is unlike anything else in aviation today. The intelligent design leverages touch-screen technology to eliminate switches and replaces them with soft keys on 10 interchangeable touch screens. With electronic linking of the ACSs, the pilot and co-pilot can see and feel each other’s control inputs, which helps improve pilot coordination in the cockpit.
The G500 and G600 incorporate a third-generation Gulfstream EVS, the Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display system and Head-Up Display II. Adding to the pilots’ more intuitive interaction with the aircraft are 10 integrated touchscreens, which will be used for system controls, flight management, communication, checklists and monitoring weather and flight information.
Manufacturing for the G500 and G600 will be done at two new purpose-built facilities in Savannah. While, the first flight of the G500 is scheduled for 2015, the G600 flight-test program is expected to begin approximately 12 to 18 months after the G500’s, and entry-into-service is projected to be in 2019.