CORPORATE JET INSIDER
G550 Leads the Large-Cabin Set
The Gulfstream G550 has garnered plenty of admiration, including the esteemed Robert J. Collier Trophy. What makes this aircraft such a success?
From a pilot’s point of view, the Gulfstream G550 cockpit systems serve up every bit of information needed to fly the aircraft on the standard Head-Up Display (HUD). According to Gulfstream, the display includes an infrared imaging system that can help pilots effectively navigate through fog and other visual obscurities. The PlaneView avionics system delivers tremendous viewing area and, coupled with the HUD and enhanced vision system, has proven the G550 a very reliable, capable airplane.
While the cockpit is a delight, the G550 didn’t need big improvements to reduce drag and increase range because Gulfstream engineers tackled the last bit of drag reduction with the prototypes. Those enhancements, along with fuel efficiency improvements, allowed G550 pilots to show the jet’s long-range capability in October 2003 when they set the new distance record for a business jet by flying the G550 7,301 nautical miles from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Florida.
According to the Flying magazine article, distinguishing features of the G550 include
- 14 signature oval windows,
- a 100%-fresh air system that eliminates the health risks of recycled air systems,
- 6,750-nautical-mile range, and
- 51,000-foot maximum cruise altitude.
The natural light, fresh air, and low altitude create a uniquely comfortable environment and significantly reduce jet lag.
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