Thursday, January 21, 2016

G550 in action

"The Gulfstream G550 can fly up to 51,000 ft/15,545 m and at speeds up to Mach 0.885. Powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710 engines, the G550 can fly eight passengers and four crew 6,750 nm/12,501 km at Mach 0.80. The G550 also features the PlaneView cockpit with Gulfstream’s Signature Cursor Control Devices (CCDs). The G550’s advanced vision equipment includes the standard Gulfstream EVS and the optional SV-PFD.

The G550 flight deck launched Gulfstream PlaneConnect, an advanced system that automatically transmits reports on the aircraft’s condition to maintenance experts on the ground, facilitating a quick resolution of any possible issues. The fully equipped G550 offers a choice of cabin layouts and options and can accommodate up to 18 passengers.

A technological leader from the start, the G550 was designed to incorporate future technology upgrades. Gulfstream has continuously invested in the G550, ensuring it meets the latest operational mandates with standard Future Air Navigation System (FANS-1) Controller-Pilot Datalink Communication (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

The aircraft was announced on Oct. 9, 2000, and rolled out on Aug. 8, 2001. It received FAA certification in August 2003 and entered service in September 2003. The aircraft received validation from EASA in March 2004. Also in 2004, the G550 team was awarded the 2003 Collier Trophy for “designing, testing and building an innovative aircraft while incorporating measurable safety enhancements and far-reaching advances in aerospace technology.” Source: Gulfsteam Aerospace