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GULFSTREAM G650 ARRIVES IN PARIS WITH THREE NEW CITY-PAIR RECORDS

| Gulfstream G650 | 2013/06/17

SAVANNAH, Ga., June 17, 2013 — The Gulfstream G650 demonstration aircraft landed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport for the 50th annual Paris Air Show with three new city-pair records on its résumé: Savannah to Paris; Nice, France, to São Paulo; and Las Vegas to Madrid, Spain. The records are pending confirmation by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

The most significant record was a 3,899-nautical mile (7,221-km) sprint between Savannah and Paris that broke a record held for 25 years by the Gulfstream GIV. The G650, with three crew members and five passengers on board, accomplished the flight from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to Paris-Le Bourget in 7 hours and 12 minutes, shaving more than an hour off the GIV’s time of 8 hours and 16 minutes. The aircraft flew at an average speed of Mach 0.90.

“This record demonstrates the G650’s tremendous speed and range,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “It also speaks to the capabilities of the GIV, which handily held that record for a quarter of a century, evidence that the aircraft was ahead of its time in terms of technology, innovation, speed and range.”

The Savannah-Paris record follows two others pending confirmation with the NAA. The ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 took off from the Cote d’Azur Airport in Nice at 11:21 a.m. local time on May 26 with three passengers and four crew members on board. Its average speed for the 5,527-nm (10,236-km) trip was Mach 0.90, with cruising altitudes reaching as high as 47,000 feet (14,326 m). The aircraft landed in São Paulo at 5:31 p.m. local time for a total flight time of 11 hours and 10 minutes.

“This record highlights a very important city pair for our customers in South America who regularly travel to Europe,” Neal said. “Our customers have been excited to learn of the dramatic time savings that the G650, flying at Mach 0.90 between the two continents, will provide for them.”

Three weeks earlier, the aircraft accomplished a similar feat between Las Vegas and Madrid, making the 4,940-nm (9,149-km) journey in 9 hours and 14 minutes. The aircraft left McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas at 11:16 p.m. local time on May 8. It arrived at Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain at 5:30 p.m. local time the next day, averaging Mach 0.90.

“Each of the records was extraordinary in its own right and shows our customers that the G650 is a superlative aircraft that will help them achieve more, regardless of the mission,” Neal said.

The G650 demonstrator, which entered service in January 2013, has visited 75 cities in 27 countries as of May 31. It has flown 334 hours, covering more than 142,900 nm (264,651 km).

The G650 has a maximum range of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km) at Mach 0.85, enabling longer intercontinental flights in less time than current ultra-long-range business jets. Its range at Mach 0.90 is 6,000 nm (11,112 km). Its max speed is Mach 0.925.

 

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Gufstream Announces New Performance Specifications for G650 – World’s Fastest Certified Business Jet

| Gulfstream, Gulfstream G650 | 2012/10/29

ORLANDO, Fla., October 29, 2012 – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that its ultra-long-range, ultra-large-cabin G650 aircraft offers even better performance than originally announced. The improvements affect the aircraft’s range at high speed and takeoff distance, giving operators increased flexibility for ultra-long-range missions.

“The improved performance of the G650 makes an already best-in-class aircraft even better,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream Aerospace. “Operators are gaining a distinct advantage with these improvements: They’re going farther faster and requiring less runway. If business jets are time machines, then the G650 is the ultimate in business travel.”

The G650’s range at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 is now 6,000 nautical miles (11,112km), a 1,000-nm (1,852-km) increase over the original target of 5,000 nm (9,260 km). The additional capability makes city pairs such as Tokyo to New York, New York to Dubai, Shanghai to London and Moscow to Los Angeles possible at speeds faster than any other business jet.

The G650 can complete 6,000-nm missions in less than 12 hours. “The G650’s flight time for a 6,000-nm mission at Mach 0.90 would be 40 minutes less than the same mission flown on a G550,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “When every minute counts, a 40-minute savings is considerable.”

The G650’s takeoff balanced field length decreased to 5,858 feet (1,786 m) from the original 6,000 feet (1,829 m) at the aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight of 99,600 pounds (45,179 kg). This improvement allows the G650 to fly farther from demanding, short runways. The G650 has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.925, making it the fastest certified civilian aircraft in production. Each of its two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines provides 16,900 pounds of thrust, yet the aircraft burns less fuel and produces fewer emissions compared to other aircraft in the class.

The G650 received its type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 7, 2012. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin before year-end.

 

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GULFSTREAM G650 RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE

| Gulfstream, Gulfstream G650 | 2012/09/07

GULFSTREAM G650 RECEIVES TYPE CERTIFICATE

Ultra-Long-Range Aircraft Sets New Standard For Aviation

SAVANNAH, Ga., September 7, 2012 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 business-jet aircraft received a type certificate today from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design. Gulfstream expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650 business jets to customers before year-end. The company has received more than 200 orders for the aircraft.

“The G650 is a superlative aircraft with the most technologically advanced flight deck in business aviation and the largest, most comfortable cabin in its class. In short, the G650 speaks to all that is good about business aviation: safety, security, flexibility, comfort, and capability,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “We designed the G650 with significant input from our Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team, and we’re extremely proud of what our entire organization has accomplished with this aircraft.”

“The G650 sets the new world standard for business-jet performance, range, speed and comfort,” said Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Gulfstream’s parent corporation, General Dynamics.  “The Gulfstream team has done an outstanding job in designing and manufacturing what is already the envy of the global market and is sure to become a milestone aircraft in aviation history.”

 

Exceptional Systems

The G650 offers a full three-axis, fly-by-wire system that delivers a number of benefits, including flight-envelope protection, passenger comfort, increased redundancy and reduced maintenance. The system is the result of extensive testing, leading to a redundant fly-by-wire system that exceeds certification requirements. It has a separate and dedicated backup flight-control computer that provides an additional level of safety.

To ensure optimum system performance, the G650 uses PlaneConnectHTMTM. This Aircraft Health and Trend Monitoring System provides near-real-time aircraft condition monitoring by recording up to 10,000 predefined parameters, including high priority Crew Advisory System (CAS) events and engine health data. The system transmits that information to the operator’s maintenance department with an optional copy to Gulfstream Technical Operations. Gulfstream can, if necessary, request additional data from the plane without any crew interaction. All of the data can be analyzed to identify systems’ condition status, which allows for exceptionally fast maintenance turnaround times and the ability to predict fleet maintenance trends.

 

The PlaneViewTM Cockpit

The G650 is equipped with the most advanced flight deck in general aviation, PlaneView II. The cockpit includes four 14-inch, adaptive, liquid crystal displays; three PlaneBook® subscriptions; a standby multi-function controller that combines current display controller functionality with standby flight instruments; automatic descent mode; wide area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS-LPV), future air navigation system (FANS) 1/A; controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC); automatic dependent surveillance-contract (ADS-C); and a fully automatic, three-dimensional scanning weather radar with an integral terrain database for efficient ground-clutter elimination.

In addition, the G650 uses state-of-the-art vision systems to improve pilot situational awareness and flight safety. These standard systems include the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS II), the Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) and the Head-Up Display (HUD II).

 “Working together with our supplier partners, we’ve been able to provide a level of safety and situational awareness heretofore unseen in business aviation,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

 

Cabin Environment

Comfort figures prominently into the G650. The unfinished aircraft cabin measures 102 inches wide and 77 inches high, providing for a longer living area, more seat recline, expanded leg room and increased stateroom capabilities.

The G650’s comfortable and productive cabin environment is the result of a cabin altitude of 4,850 feet at FL510 and 3,300 feet at FL410, which reduces fatigue, increases mental alertness and enhances productivity. The G650’s new 16 cabin windows are the largest in the industry, providing for even more natural light and visually expanding the aircraft’s already spacious interior.

The Gulfstream Cabin Management System serves as the hub of the cabin network. This Gulfstream-designed and -controlled system allows for digital control of the cabin systems, including high-definition audio and video components. The passenger control units are loaded onto an iPod Touch® and provide the floor plan of the aircraft. Intuitive controls are provided for lighting, temperature, entertainment equipment, attendant call and other cabin functions, including the Gulfstream CabinView Passenger Flight Information System.

The cabin adheres to Gulfstream’s Cabin Essential design philosophy. This means the cabin systems (lighting, power, cabin control, cabin entertainment, and the water and waste systems) are designed with redundancy that minimizes the risk of losing cabin functionality.

 

Program Milestones
Gulfstream announced the G650 on March 13, 2008, five years after it began designing the business jet. The announcement, witnessed by more than 7,000 employees, customers and suppliers, took place in the new G650 manufacturing building at Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga.

The G650 rolled out under its own power on Sept. 30, 2009, and flew for the first time nearly two months later, on Nov. 25, 2009.

 Over the next 35 months, seven flight-test aircraft were involved in the flight-test program, accumulating more than 3,889 hours over 1,181 flights.

The G650 demonstrated its exceptional high-speed, fuel-efficient cruising capabilities on May 2, 2010, when it flew at its maximum operating Mach number of 0.925 for the first time. It achieved high-speed cruise on October 2010, when a test aircraft flew a 5,000-nautical-mile (9,260 km) closed circuit at Mach 0.90 over the Atlantic Ocean in 9 hours and 45 minutes.

In February 2011, the G650 flew from Burbank to Savannah, a distance of more than 1,900 miles (3,545 km), in just 3 hours and 26 minutes. The aircraft accomplished the mission at speeds between Mach 0.91 and 0.92 with a brief segment at the aircraft’s maximum operating Mach number of 0.925. The trip set a city-pair speed record and was named a most memorable flight for speed over a recognized course by the National Aeronautic Association.

The aircraft received a provisional type certificate from the FAA on Nov. 18, 2011.

The aircraft made its first trans-Atlantic crossing on May 12 en route to the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. The G650 flew 3,780 nautical miles (7,000 km) squawk-free in just 6 hours and 55 minutes, setting a city-pair speed record.

“Receiving this type certificate is a testament to the hard work, dedication and ingenuity of the Gulfstream team and our many supplier partners,” Henne said. “We knew the G650 was going to be an incredible aircraft, and it is.”