Monday, June 25, 2012
Gulfstream Awarded FAA, EASA Approval for PlaneDeck Upgrades
Gulfstream received FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to retrofit Gulfstream GV, GIV, GIV-SP, G400 and G300 aircraft with the cockpit upgrade known as PlaneDeck.
The optional upgrade converts the primary flight display from cathode ray tube to liquid crystal. Gulfstream’s six-panel display configuration remains the same. Gulfstream said the upgrade offers operators enhanced safety, efficiency and reliability with the integration of XM graphical weather; electronic charts and maps, and video displays. Minimal pilot training is necessary. The PlaneDeck installation complements upcoming FAA NextGen requirements, such as the Future Air Navigation System 1/A data link, Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance and Required Navigation Performance.
“This is great news for the more than 700 GV, GIV, GIV-SP, G300 and G400 operators worldwide,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “PlaneDeck’s advanced technology offers many safety benefits and improves an aircraft’s efficiency and reliability.”
The installation of PlaneDeck on Gulfstream GV, GIV, GIV-SP, G400 and G300 aircraft has already begun. Installation time is 10 to 12 business days.