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Gulfstream’s G550 is Officially Out of Production

Much like the original Game Boy or the 1950s Volkswagen Beetle, some of the most iconic products ever created eventually retire, paving the way for bigger and better versions. That time has come for one of the most iconic jets ever created: the Gulfstream G550. Production on this industry-leading jet will stop after a final order, set to be delivered in 2021. It’s the end of an era, and it’s worth looking back to see exactly why the Gulfstream G550 stayed at the top of its class for so long.

A bittersweet farewell to the G550

Gulfstream is looking toward a future that promises continuous innovation. In order to focus their attention on creating bigger and better aircraft, they’ve decided to officially end production of the G550 in 2021. But Gulfstream isn’t scrapping the model for good. Its most popular features are here to stay in the new lineup.

Since 2003, the Gulfstream G550 has broken records (55!) for top speeds and set the standard for subsequent generations. The plane’s developers received the 2003 Robert J. Collier Trophy for industry-leading innovations and the newest safety technology. The legacy of Gulfstream’s G550 lives on through newer models, which boast the best in range, safety, and innovation.

Best in the fleet

The G550 has become an industry leader for innovation and reliability. Gulfstream’s 2003 model is best known for introducing the PlaneView flight deck. It allows for greater visibility and reduces the overall workload for pilots. This streamlined control center is one of Gulfstream’s most renowned safety features to date. The G550 has an Enhanced Flight Vision System for additional safety while landing.

The award-winning aircraft also has the best specs in Gulfstream’s fleet. Its Rolls-Royce engines carry passengers at a maximum range of 6,750 NM with the lowest possible amount of fuel. A high payload allows for up to 19 passengers with panoramic views in four different living spaces.

Descendants of the G550

The G550 kick started Gulfstream’s prestigious seat in the private aviation industry. Now, it’s time to give newer models the spotlight. The G550 was a pioneer in its time, and its legacy continues to serve passengers through Gulfstream’s G650ER and new generations of the G500 and G600.

Gulfstream currently has more than 600 G550’s in service and will continue providing assistance to their owners. Even though production is set to end in 2021, more than 30 service centers around the world will remain open for maintenance and to distribute G550 parts. And don’t worry, there are still plenty of serviceable G550’s around for those who can’t get enough of its industry-leading ingenuity!

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The Gulfstream G700 Officially Begins Flight Testing

Gulfstream made headlines in October 2019 when it introduced the next jet in its Global Business Jet line: the G700. More than the next iteration of Gulfstream’s industry-leading line, the G700 is positioned to be the industry’s largest and best-performing business jet. Now, just a few months into 2020, the behemoth has undertaken its first successful test flight, bringing us that much closer to a market debut, expected in early 2022.

Source: gulfstream.com

The G700 flight test secured its status as the most innovative jet Gulfstream has to offer — a true next-generation offering. Noteworthy about the flight was the 30/70 blend of aviation fuel used, a testament to Gulfstream’s focus on reducing carbon emissions. But the new jet is more than just eco-friendly. The creators at Gulfstream designed it with the luxury and comfort of future passengers in mind.

The G700 has safety features, like a predictive landing performance system, for added security on the runway. Passengers also will enjoy a luxurious cabin with panoramic windows, which Gulfstream displayed at NBAA-BACE last October.

Key features of the first flight

The G700 took off at Gulfstream’s Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia. It returned to the airport after two hours and 32 minutes of test flying. With the jet’s Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, it can achieve a high speed of Mach 0.90 and cover 6,400 nautical miles. Its signature engines mark the G700 as one of the fastest business jets in the Gulfstream fleet.

The G700 used during this test flight is one of five models already built. All five jets will participate in Gulfstream’s testing program, each with a different purpose. The four other models are responsible for testing features such as climb performance and mechanical systems. More tests are yet to come and after this first success, anticipation is building.

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What makes the G700 different?

The G700 combines Gulfstream’s best features into one jet. It has the most spacious cabin with a total of five lounging areas to enjoy. The cabin seats up to 19 people with lounge chairs that convert into beds, plus a master suite in the back. The space is flexible, allowing passengers to configure the layout however they want. It’s the tallest, widest, and longest cabin in the industry to-date.

The G700 also includes the best safety technology. It’s controlled with Gulfstream’s award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck plus Phase-of-Flight intelligence. Touchscreens are easy to use for the pilots, and these features give the jet a faster start-up time.

Gulfstream ensures both take-off and landing are the safest possible. This jet has Gulfstream’s signature Predictive Landing Performance System, paired with the new Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). The EFVS makes landing safer with its dual heads-up displays.

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Tracking the G700’s future

Gulfstream will officially release the G700 in early 2022, pending additional safety tests. Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, is quoted as saying, “this announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products.”

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Say Hello to the Gulfstream G700: The Future of Long-Range Jets

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As it is every year, this year’s National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) annual corporate aircraft show in Las Vegas was full of exciting surprises. However, none could top the event’s first surprise: The unveiling of Gulfstream’s new G700 long-range jet. It’s set to be the biggest jet Gulfstream has ever developed, and it’s packed with features, technology, and luxury! And while we won’t see it until late 2021, the G700 is already taking the BizAv industry by storm.

The G700 is more than a step up from the much-loved G650 — it’s a direct competitor to the highly successful Global 7500 from Bombardier. The battle for long-range jet supremacy rages on, with Gulfstream setting the standard once again.

The Gulfstream G700 by the numbers

An iteration on the already successful G650, the G700 shows marked improvements in almost every facet. Simply put, it’s Gulfstream’s biggest, fastest, most fuel-efficient jet to date.

The cabin is roughly 10 feet longer than the G650, accommodating 19 comfortably. It measures in at an astounding 56’11” with an impressive cabin that’s 6’3” high and 8’2” wide. Despite its size, the G700 is all about power. The jet has a maximum high-speed cruise of Mach 0.925 and can cover a range of 7,500 nautical miles thanks to dual high-thrust Rolls-Royce Pearl engines.

Emphasis on technology

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The true defining feature of the G700 is its data concentration network. Rather than single-wire networking of the plane’s systems, Gulfstream has taken an all-new network-based approach to system communication. The plane can now send and receive multiple signals through its wiring, allowing designers to reduce wire weight and improve communication and redundancy capabilities across the jet’s many vital systems.

In the cockpit, pilots will find Gulfstream’s active control system alive and well — now complemented by touch-screen systems and smart automations that make flying more intuitive. It benefits from a new predictive landing platform, giving pilots audiovisual cues on approach to simplify the landing process and conserve energy/fuel during takeoff and approach.

Ready to compete in the long-range market

In many ways the G700 is its own design. However, there’s no doubt it’s meant to compete directly in the long-range jet market with the likes of Bombardier’s Global 7500. The jet’s specifications are nearly identical — the G700 has a slightly longer cabin and the Global 7500 has a negligibly longer range. This battle in the sky is the newest in a clash going back decades. The Global 7500 was a direct response to Gulfstream’s G650, so it’s no surprise the G700 takes aim at the industry’s current top dog.

More importantly, the G700 sets an indelible standard for what to expect as the market pushes for long-range jets. Its emphasis on speed and range, coupled with enhancements that make it whisper quiet and comfortable throughout, depict a future where transatlantic flights are the new standard. BizAv demands bigger, faster, smarter, and Gulfstream answers with the G700.

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The NOAA Adds Another Gulfstream ‘Hurricane Hunter’ to its Fleet

Climate change isn’t just a big topic in sociopolitical circles. It’s also the big headline across the BizAv industry. Weather affects much of how, when, and where we fly, so it makes sense for us to understand what we’re up against. That’s the thought process behind the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) newest investment in a modified Gulfstream G550 — also known as a ‘hurricane hunter.’ The organization also placed an order for a second Beechcraft King Air 350CER, due to begin service in 2021.

The newest G550 purchase joins an elite fleet of similarly outfitted aircraft designed to fly over hurricanes, monitoring weather conditions. The organization currently operates four Twin Otters, two Lockheed Orions, one Aero Commander, one Gulfstream IV-SP, and one King Air 350CER.

The nuts and bolts of a hurricane hunter

The airframe of the Gulfstream G550 suits the needs of the NOAA in terms of operational altitude and distance capabilities. But hurricane hunters are far from stock jets. They’re extensively modified for what they’re up against and equipped with technologies specific to tracking severe weather conditions.

Functionally, the rear fuselage of the jet is longer than the stock airframe, extended to accommodate a doppler radar that analyzes storm intensity while the plane flies above it. A GPS dropsonde is affixed to the belly of the aircraft and deployed at strategic points to measure storm variables like humidity, temperature, and pressure.

Why the Gulfstream G550?

Gulfstream has held a partnership with NOAA for more than 50 years, and the organization already has a Gulfstream IV-SP (G-IV) in its fleet. The renewed investment shows the NOAA’s preference for working with an aircraft that meets its stringent demands for tracking hurricanes. The G550 checks all the right boxes.

Capable of flying 6,750 NM at a maximum speed of Mach 0.885, the Gulfstream G550 has the range and power to keep pace with developing storms. Because NOAA reconnaissance takes jets out into the Gulf of Mexico and down into the Caribbean, as far away from mainland as 1,600 NM, the long-range capabilities of the jet are paramount. Its speed also is an asset, far outstripping the forward speed of hurricanes and any torrential winds it may come up against.

Life-saving instruments in severe weather tracking

NOAA hurricane hunters have followed the path of some of the most violent storms over the past few decades, including Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which devastated the Florida Panhandle and Gulf Coast in 2017. Their job? Track the path and severity of these storms in real time to influence proactive action. Often, flight survey data from hurricane hunters is instrumental in predicting landfall.

As storms become more prolific and violent with the changing climate, NOAA and its fleet of hurricane hunters have their work cut out for them. What remains important is the critical life-saving data about the storm’s track and intensity gathered by the aircraft flying above and through the storm. With a Gulfstream G550 soon to join its fleet, the NOAA is putting itself in a position to continue providing life-saving support to those living in the path of hurricanes.

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Gulfstream MRO

A Look at Gulfstream’s Growing Focus on MRO

Just at the debut of the G700 aircraft, Gulfstream entered the thick of its newest initiative: maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). The company has new facilities and expansions slated for strategic locations across North America and the United Kingdom. The jet maker sees not only the potential to gain MRO market share, but also to preserve its fleet.

Gulfstream MRO
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An MRO expansion plan

The premise of Gulfstream’s MRO initiative is simple: Keep planes in the sky longer by encouraging consistent repair and maintenance. To encourage adherence to its MRO strategy, Gulfstream’s chief investment is in expanding its MRO presence across the U.S. and the United Kingdom. This means new facilities.

The first of many to come, the company recently opened a new expanded service facility at Appleton International Airport in Wisconsin. Spanning 190,000 square feet, the facility has space for up to 12 Gulfstream jets, dedicated solely to MRO. Coming in at $40M, it’s just the tip of the iceberg for the manufacturer.

Four new facilities will undergo construction beginning in 2020, each tied to a major hub for easy access by Gulfstream jet owners and flight crews. Savannah, GA, Van Nuys, CA, and Palm Beach, FL, will see similar MRO facilities, along with an investment in MRO operations at Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom. All facilities are expected to open before the close of 2020.

A new era of aircraft maintenance

Gulfstream’s own G500 and G600 aircraft are already on pace to account for a sizeable portion of new deliveries in 2020, and the sky is the limit for the new G700, just released in late October. Gulfstream isn’t only concerned about the new jets it’s delivering, however. The company is paying greater attention to its total fleet ― including older models. An expanded focus on aircraft maintenance will position the company to keep its total fleet airworthy, whether the jet is new or used.

The company plans to collect revenue from its MRO operations, while establishing itself as the gold standard. In doing so, Gulfstream further establishes itself as not only a leader in new jet sales, but also care and maintenance throughout ownership. Gulfstream President Derek Zimmerman outlined this sentiment in a recent statement, saying the focus on MRO will “help us enhance the reliability of our growing fleet, support more customers and elevate their experience …”

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MRO in general is growing

It’s not only Gulfstream focusing on MRO. Analysts expect the aviation MRO industry to hit double-digit growth by 2024, which means more companies are likely to follow this manufacturer’s example. Like many sectors of industry, aviation appears to be making the shift to a services-based economy, from a product-driven one.

Getting ahead of the trend allows Gulfstream to begin servicing its worldwide fleet immediately. As other manufacturers race to open MRO facilities and invest in value-add services, Gulfstream needs only to focus on spreading its message: Lifetime care for its jets, whether it’s a legacy aircraft or a brand-new G600 or G700.

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Gulfstream’s G600 Nears FAA Certification

Business aviation enthusiasts have long heralded Gulfstream aircraft as the epitome of quality air travel. Its line of business and private jets boasts luxurious features, advanced technologies, and innovative aviation solutions.

Gulfstream’s newest model, the G600, is making progress toward Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification and is on track to receive full certification by the end of 2018. Customer deliveries will begin in early 2019. This certification progress is hot on the heels of the G600’s sister model, the Gulfstream G500, which achieved FAA type and production certification in July.

The G600 first took flight in December 2016. Over the past two years, five of its test-flight aircraft have amassed over 2,000 flight hours in more than 600 flights. The model has already completed the FAA-required ice shape and stall speed trials and began field performance testing in August of this year.

A new model with impressive new features

The G600 is Gulfstream’s newest example of ultra-high luxury in the sky. The ultra-long-range aircraft features many new design elements in the cabin, flight deck, and exterior.

Inside, the cabin fits up to 19 passengers and comfortably sleeps up to nine with convertible seating. The cabin is the longest available in the aircraft’s class, and buyers can configure it in multiple ways to customize it to their needs. Gulfstream also integrated new technology to make the G600 the industry’s first aircraft to have active control sidesticks and touch-screen avionics interfaces on the flight deck.

Most important, the G600 can fly 6,500 nautical miles (nm) at Mach 0.85 and 5,100 nm at Mach 0.90, saving passengers hours of travel time. The model’s top operating speed will be Mach 0.925, which will make it one of the fastest aircraft available.

A cut above the Gulfstream G500

Many of the G600’s features are also included in the company’s smaller G500. However, the G500 does not have the same ultra-long-range capabilities as the G600, making it more appropriate for customers who don’t need the same range requirements.

The G500 still boasts a top speed of Mach 0.925 and flies 5,200 nm at Mach 0.85. Much like the G600, the G500 can fit up to 19 passengers when customers choose a high-efficiency arrangement and comfortably sleeps up to eight people at once.

With the latest technology in business aviation nearing certification and market delivery, you may be tempted to sell your current business or private jet and prepare to buy a new one. Make the most of your jet sale — and find the perfect new or new-to-you aircraft to upgrade to — by working with an experienced private aircraft broker.

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Gulfstream’s 2 New Large-Cabin Jets Already Making Waves

Gulfstream Aerospace is having an eventful year. While the company has never done such a pair at once before, Gulfstream leaders expect to certify and enter into service their two newest business jets, the G500 and G600. The Savannah-based aircraft manufacturer’s determination to produce these two twinjets in the same year resulted in five flight test aircraft for each model — and new city-pair flight records.

Source: Gulfstream.com

Peak performance

To introduce the aircraft to the public, Gulfstream sent the large-cabin ultra-long-range G500 model, which can fly 5,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 4,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.90, on a 12-country world demo tour. The tour started Jan. 8 in Dallas with stops in cities including “Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, and Melbourne.” The G600 joined the G500 on part of the tour, and the pair set several new city-pair records, including transpacific flights from Shanghai to Honolulu and Honolulu to Savannah, Georgia.

“Gulfstream customers are accustomed to flying practically anywhere in the world at record speeds, and the G500 and G600 have been doing just that as they near certification,” Gulfstream President Mark Burns told AINonline. “These records showcase the real-world capabilities of these impressive aircraft.”

But it’s not all about speed for these two luxury jets. They are also the most technologically advanced aircraft, providing the ultimate in performance, safety, and long-range comfort.

Source: Gulfstream.com

Ready to launch

As certification draws near, Gulfstream is encouraging business aviation insiders to take advantage of the immersive reality experiences it is offering at various locations around the globe. After making its public debut at NBAA in fall 2017, the G600 joined the G500 in appearances at EBACE and ABACE where attendees had the opportunity to see first-hand the aircrafts’ advanced design and safety innovations. They also got to experience Virtual Flight, an interactive experience that features “a view of the pilot seat, all-new active control sidesticks, and a throttle quadrant” as well as experiment with configurations in “Paint Design, Seat Design, and Cabin Experience.”

The jets are drawing a great deal of interest in both Europe and Asia, and visitors have been impressed by their performance, efficiency, and comfort. What, exactly, makes these siblings so attractive? It could be their wider and taller cabins and faster cruise speeds. Behind their Mach 0.90 speeds are Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW800 engines paired with Gulfstream’s new wings, according to Aviation Week.

Other aircraft news

The G500 and G600 are not the only Gulfstreams making news. The G650ER recently added a city-pair speed record, pushing its total tally over 70. And this one is impressive, as it occurred during a flight over the North Pole, a feat only a few high-performance jets can accomplish. The jet made the trip from White Plains, New York, to Shanghai — a total of 6,870 nautical miles — in 13 hours and 40 minutes. As Burns announced in a press release, “Access to these demanding, long-range routes is invaluable for our customers.”

The G650ER can fly 7,500 nautical miles at Mach 0.85. It has two Rolls-Royce BR725 engines and can seat as many as 19 passengers in its fully customizable interior configuration.

If all goes as expected, two more large-cabin fly-by-wire aircraft will be certified and ready for service by the end of the year. If you need a jet for traveling the globe quickly, efficiently, and comfortably, Gulfstream’s new options may be just what you’re looking for. And if you can’t wait for their entry into service to fly in luxury, you might look to a preowned Gulfstream jet for your personal or business travel.

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Jet Spotlight: Gulfstream Private Aircraft

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As one of the world’s largest private and business jet manufacturers, Gulfstream Aerospace is renowned for its family of high-end, high-performance, large- and midsize cabin jets. The jets are not only some of the most technologically advanced in the world but are also equally known for their distinctive interiors and leading cabin comfort, making them sought-after choices for discerning private and business jet customers.

By the numbers

g650As the jet market has started to recover over the last few years, increased demand for large-cabin private aircraft has positioned Gulfstream in a dominant position at the top of the market. 2017 ended strong for jet manufacturer Gulfstream and parent company General Dynamics. Fourth-quarter Gulfstream orders were up 20% due mostly to large-cabin orders, and “Gulfstream G650/650ER orders were up 78 percent year-over-year, making the fourth quarter the best for G650 family sales in three years and the second best quarter overall.”

General Dynamics leaders expect this increase in orders as well as soon-to-be introduced G500 and G600 models to push their company’s aerospace group, which also includes Jet Aviation, to as much as $8.4 billion in 2018 revenue. This would be an increase of $220 million over the previous year. However, they expect only about an 18% profit margin as they also plan to increase spending on R&D. Another factor in the anticipated low profit margin is due to General Dynamics decision-makers transitioning their Gulfstream assembly lines as they reduce G550 output and prepare for the upcoming G500 and G600 to enter into service.

Continued excellence

Although the company is no longer producing G450s, the Gulfstream G280 is still a business and private aviation favorite. This super-midsize jet recently reinforced its superior performance reputation with the addition of three new city-pair records:

  • Lagos, Nigeria, to Cape Verde, Africa — This 1,858-nautical-mile (nm) flight from Murtala Muhammed International Airport to Amílcar Cabral International Airport took 3 hours, 52 minutes, at Mach 0.84.
  • Cape Verde to San Juan, Puerto Rico — After landing in Cape Verde, pilots flew the G280 to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. They completed this 3,011-nm flight at Mach 0.82 in 6 hours, 40 minutes.
  • Johannesburg to Lagos — The 2,596-nm journey from Lanseria International Airport to Murtala Muhammed International Airport lasted 5 hours, 31 minutes, with an average speed of Mach 0.83.

The G280, which entered into service in November 2012, performs better than any other aircraft in its class and has 60-plus city-pair records to prove it.

Out with the old …

While the G280 is best in class, the G450 has been one of the best-selling and most celebrated business jets in the industry. Its advanced technology, remarkable range, and unmatched passenger comfort make it one of the most popular business jets in history. In January, however, Gulfstream executives announced it had reached the end of the road. The final Gulfstream G450 has been delivered, freeing up additional Gulfstream production space. Although the company will continue to provide support for the G450, it’s time to make room for its successor, the G500.

… in with the new

Gulfstream leaders expect the large-cabin G500 will receive certification and enter into service this year. With that expectation, Gulfstream pilots have begun a 12-country G500 tour to introduce the aircraft to potential customers. The highly anticipated high-performance fly-by-wire jet features advanced technologies and an extra-wide cabin. According to Gulfstream president Mark Burns, the tour will allow customers to explore the aircraft as well as provide the opportunity for Gulfstream insiders to thoroughly test the jet prior to its entry into service.

If you’re excited about the new G500 but don’t want to wait for its entry into the market, some great deals exist on pre-owned Gulfstream jets. Which member of the Gulfstream family will you choose?

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Latest Luxuries to Pre-Owned Powerhouses: Many Business Jet Options Are on the Horizon

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There’s a lot going on in the private and business aviation industry: Many soon-to-be-released luxury jets are about to enter the market, pre-owned jet prices are stabilizing, and the ADS-B mandate deadline looms. Here’s an overview of what’s happening and what it means for those trying to decide whether to purchase new aircraft, go with pre-owned models, or upgrade their current jets.

New models

Quite a lot of buzz surrounds new luxury jet models coming soon to market. Here’s a taste of what’s on the horizon for those looking to purchase a new high-end aircraft:

Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Source: Boeing
  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner — If you demand nothing less than the height of luxury, the VVIP Dreamliner might be the next jet for you. With the ability to fly nonstop for more than 17 hours, this model provides flyers plenty of time to enjoy its more than 2,400 square feet of cabin space with heated marble floors, a king-size bed, walk-in closet, and full-size shower. If you want to test it out before buying, you can charter this penthouse in the sky for you and 39 of your closest friends for a mere $70,000 per hour.

    Embraer Legacy 500 – Source: Flyingmag.com
  • Embraer Legacy 500 and 450 — Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s Legacy 500 and its slightly shorter sister, the Legacy 450, are some of the fastest jets in the midsize and “mid light” aircraft categories, delivering a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.79 to 0.82, respectively. They are some of only under-$50 million jets that feature full fly-by-wire flight controls. The Legacy 450, with a range of 1,300 nautical miles (nm), has a cabin four feet shorter than the 500, which has a 3,000-nautical-mile range. Both feature superb passenger comfort, low turbulence, and low noise levels.

    Gulfstream G500 – Source: Wikipedia
  • Gulfstream G500 — Gulfstream’s long-range, large-cabin business jet is scheduled to enter into service in 2019. Its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA engines reduce fuel consumption as well as cut emissions and noise. It sports 27-inch-wide seats with footrests for extra comfortable rides for as many as 19 passengers and includes a large, fully equipped galley. The G500 has a range of 5,200 nm and offers a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and entertainment system as well as full digital fly-by-wire flight controls.

    Pilatus PC-24 – Source: Wikipedia
  • Pilatus PC-24 — The PC-24 super versatile jet is the first business jet from Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft. The 10-passenger aircraft, for which deliveries began in January 2018, has a list price of just under $9 million. Its large aft door can handle standard cargo pallets, it flies as fast as 440 knots, and the PC-24 can fly six passengers 1,800 nm. Buyers can even choose among seven cabin layouts for this area that offer more overall space than its more expensive competitors. In addition, the light jet can use grass, gravel, or dirt runways as well as runways less than 2,700 feet, according to the Barron’s article.

Changes in the pre-owned market

Buyers who are not ready to go all-in on a new jet might want to take a look at the pre-owned market while they still can. Although the pre-owned Gulfstream market has been struggling over the past several years, according to an AINOnline article, an increase in pre-owned sales, decreasing inventories, and stabilizing prices have contributed to its ongoing recovery. For example, less than 4% of Gulfstream G650 and G550 fleets are for sale, which is extremely low compared to recent years.

Inventories for older Gulfstream models, however, such as the GIV-SP and G-V, are still high. In addition, values for the G550, which had been dropping nearly 20% per year for three years, have leveled off. Plus, new tax rules that allow for 100% depreciation during the first year for both new and pre-owned jets will likely boost sales in both categories in the coming year.

For those who plan to acquire a pre-owned aircraft, keep in mind the ADS-B mandate, which requires all aircraft be updated by January 2020. ADS-B Out equipment can be expensive, and slots for performing the upgrades are filling up fast. You don’t want your pre-owned new-to-you jet to lose its value or end up in the scrap heap because of your failure to comply.

Buying a jet, whether the latest model or a pre-owned model, can be a daunting, time-consuming process. To make the best of your next jet purchase, seek out an expert who understands the markets and can help you get the aircraft for your needs at the right price.

The expert jet brokers at L & L International are here to help you acquire the perfect jet.

Need to sell your jet? We can assist with that, too. Contact the private aviation professionals online, by sales@L-Lint.com, or at +1 (305) 754-3313.

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Private Jet Spotlight: The Gulfstream G650

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The Gulfstream G650 entered the market five years ago, and today it remains at the high end of the business jet market. Why? There is plenty of competition and newer models. What makes the G650 so popular still?

Background

September 2017 marked five years since the Gulfstream G650 earned its FAA type certification and, since then, more than 250 of the ultra-long-range, wide-cabin business aircraft have sold. In 2014, Gulfstream introduced the G650 Extended Range (ER), which extends its range an additional 500 nautical miles, “giving the G650ER the longest legs of any business jet,” according to Scott Neal, Gulfstream’s senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing in the Flying article. The extended range capabilities are due to the increased capacity of the gas tanks with no structural modifications required, and the G650ER is also available as an after-market upgrade.

Benefits

G650 designers focused on high performance in every aspect, and the end product delivers. Its unique wing design creates a high-efficiency airfoil that combines high speed with an extremely smooth ride. Other features and benefits include:

  • The increased range of the G650 and G650ER means more non-stop connections between city pairs such as New York and Tokyo or Los Angeles and London as well as the ability to keep up with today’s fast-paced global marketplace. Together, the G650 and G650ER have set 65 city-pair speed records.
  • The G650 and G650ER have the lowest cabin altitude of any business aircraft and replace 100% of the air every two minutes, according to Gulfstream. The lower cabin altitude means you arrive at your destination less tired and more refreshed.
  • The jets provide ample seating space for up to 19 passengers and sleeping accommodations for up to 10.
  • Wide seats and aisles, 16 panoramic windows, and flexible cabin designs offer spaciousness and a variety of options for meeting rooms, entertainment, dining, and relaxation. The Gulfstream Cabin Management System (GCMS) synchronizes with smart devices to allow passengers to control temperature, lighting, and entertainment options.
  • Business continues as usual with high-speed internet, satellite communications, a cabin audio system, and print capabilities.
  • The state-of-the-art PlaneView ll flight deck puts more data at the pilot’s finger tips, allowing them to “think faster than they fly.” And a nose-mounted infrared camera increases safety by providing higher quality images of airports and surrounding terrain at night and in low-visibility conditions.

The Gulfstream G650 was introduced as top-of-the-line in speed, range, comfort, and safety. Today, it continues to sit atop the high-end business aircraft spectrum. What’s next for Gulfstream? The company has started test fights for its spaciously designed G600 model and hopes to begin deliveries in 2018.

Contact the experts at L & L International if you need assistance acquiring or selling a private jet.
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