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Gulfstream Makes FANS Flight Across Atlantic

By Tish Drake | October 24, 2008
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Gulfstream Aerospace announced Tuesday it had recently completed a full Future Air Navigation System (FANS) flight across the Atlantic Ocean using Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication with Automatic Dependent Surveillance (CPDLC/ADS). Gulfstream said the flight was the first of its kind for a purpose-built business jet. The CPDLC/ADS data link provides flight crews with direct communication to oceanic and remote-area Air Traffic Controllers. According to the company, Gulfstream senior international captains Sean Sheldon and Ron Newton flew the Gulfstream G450 test aircraft from Savannah, Ga., to the London-Luton Airport and back. The aircraft, which features a fully integrated avionics package with triple Flight Management Systems (FMS) operating in synchronous mode, used CPDLC/ADS for oceanic communication and position reporting. Gulfstream said it anticipates offering CPDLC/ADS to operators of large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft in the third quarter 2009. It will be part of Certification Foxtrot for PlaneView, the Gulfstream flight deck featuring Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. The PlaneView upgrade will also include a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and will support Required Navigation Performance 0.1.

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