Trade bulky flight manuals for one slim, portable, easily updated, interactive tablet―that’s the advantage of PlaneBook, a software program created by Gulfstream pilots and technical writers.
To truly deliver an elevated experience in aircraft today, the cabin must include the fastest and most reliable connectivity solutions. Gulfstream offers a range of satellite-based and ground-based networks to help travelers stay in touch around the world and pairs those systems with advanced hardware, such as a router with built-in smart technology, that ensures passengers get the most from the voice, text, data and video services.
Gulfstream’s cabin connectivity solutions include:
This satellite-based system is recommended for those who restrict their connectivity to voice calling, texting, emailing and light internet browsing. The SwiftBroadband service offers maximum data speeds of 432 Kbps and is available globally, except in the polar regions. The coverage area includes even remote parts of China, Russia, India and Brazil. Overlapping satellite coverage results in minimal connectivity interruptions. The service is offered by Satcom Direct, ARINC Direct, Gogo and Satcom 1 and a range of plans—pay per minute, per megabyte or per month—are available to best suit customer needs.
This ground-based system operates much like a 3G smartphone service, using more than 225 ground-based telecommunications towers in the United States and Canada to transmit voice, text and data to those who restrict their travels to the continental United States and portions of Alaska and Canada. The Gogo Biz service offers maximum data speeds up to 3.1 Mbps and is proven technology within its service area when aircraft are flying above 10,000 feet. Gogo is the lone provider of the service and offers tiered data plans based on monthly megabyte usage.
This satellite-based system provides connectivity over frequently traveled routes around the world, including transoceanic tracks. The ViaSat service leverages access to several satellites to maximum speeds up to 2 Mbps. Plans are now available via four tiered service plans with a fixed monthly price that provide customers their choice of required speed and data. This service is offered by Satcom Direct, ARINCDirect and Satcom 1.
This satellite-based system utilizes new technology that allows for faster and more consistent data speed. The Jet ConneX service offers guaranteed information rates between 1 and 6 Mbps, depending on subscription plan, and maximum speeds up to 15 Mbps. These data speeds give travelers the ability to conduct video conferencing and streaming, from one device, while in flight. The network is available globally except in the polar regions and overlapping satellite coverage results in minimal service interruptions. Five providers—Satcom Direct, ARINC Direct, Satcom 2, OnAir and Gogo—offer tiered data plans based on monthly megabyte allowance and transfer rates and costs vary by provider.
Experience Product Enhancements
The Gulfstream GIV and Gulfstream GV cockpits leap forward in avionics capability with a PlaneDeck retrofit, which replaces the original Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) primary flight displays with sharper, more vivid Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).
Maintenance management and aircraft availability get an additional boost with the Gulfstream-created PlaneConnect program, an onboard, in-flight computer program that monitors aircraft systems and emails maintenance information to operators’ technicians.
The increased visibility from GAViS provides pilots better reference points, which improves pilots’ situational awareness and allows them to respond more effectively to changing flight conditions.