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Gulfstream Gets EASA OK for RNP-SAAAR

By Tish Drake | April 30, 2008
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Gulfstream Aerospace received approval from European regulators to retrofit any of its four in-production large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft models with Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD). EASA also approved Gulfstream’s PlaneView-equipped business jets – the G550, G500, G450 and G350 – to fly Required Navigation Performance Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (RNP SAAAR) approaches. Aircraft flying under RNP SAAAR procedures use GPS and inertial navigation reference systems to fly predetermined paths preloaded in their flight management computers. The EASA SV-PFD certification, Gulfstream said, signifies operators of EU-registered Gulfstream G550, G500, G450 or G350 aircraft will have the option of using the application. The Gulfstream SV-PFD, which incorporates Honeywell’s Integrated Primary Flight Display (IPFD) technology, features three-dimensional, color terrain images overlaid with primary flight display instrument symbology. FAA certified SV-PFD and approved the use of RNP SAAAR airport approaches for PlaneView-equipped Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft in late 2007.

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