Picture this approach: A large-cabin business jet is about to land during a rainy night at Portugal’s Madeira Airport―one of the most daunting runways in the world with jagged mountains on one side, ocean on the other and constantly shifting crosswinds in play.
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.
Available for iPad, PlaneBook becomes the electronic home for the aircraft’s operating manual, flight manual, pilot checklist and quick reference handbook, plus approach charts and airport maps.
Its searchable, point-and-click contents reduce pilot workload, while its electronic format expedites document updates. Wireless and Bluetooth capabilities even provide the option of downloading updates to manuals en route to a destination.
PlaneBook is available in models through the Gulfstream G150 to the Gulfstream G650ER, the Gulfstream GIV and Gulfstream GV and the Gulfstream G200, Gulfstream G300, Gulfstream G350, Gulfstream G400 and Gulfstream G500.
Experience Product Enhancements
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 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).
The world is not flat. So why should a pilot’s cockpit display only be two-dimensional? Seeing accurate terrain representation rather than a simple color-coded representation is a unique safety feature of the Gulfstream Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD).