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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Gulfstream Family Looks to Foster Efficiency

Juliet Van Wagenen

Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft artist rendering
Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft artist rendering. Photo: Gulfstream

[Avionics Today 10-15-2014] Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced a new family of business jets: the G500 and G600. The new bizjets can fly 4,800 nautical miles (nm) at Mach 0.90, with a maximum operating speed for both aircraft at Mach 0.925, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines.

Avionics systems in the new jets include Gulfstream’s Symmetry flight deck with Active Control Sidesticks (ACSs), integrated touchscreen controllers, a next-generation Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. Similar to the G650 and G650ER, the G500 and G600 offer a three-axis digital fly-by-wire system with all systems looking to increase efficiency, awareness, communications and fuel efficiency.

The first flight of the G500 is scheduled for 2015 and Gulfstream projects the aircraft will receive type certification from the FAA and EASA in 2017, beginning deliveries in 2018.  The G600 flight-test program is expected to begin approximately 12 to 18 months after the G500, with entry-into-service projected for 2019.

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