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.
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).
A sharper image isn’t the only advantage. LCD generates much less heat than a CRT because LCD pulls less electrical current. With less heat and current comes increased reliability. The lower current load from the LCD also frees up current capacity, which can then be used to support other cockpit equipment or cabin amenities.
PlaneDeck also offers enhanced flight-control monitoring that provides more data to pilots, improving their situational awareness and increasing passenger safety.
The avionics advancement isn’t limited only to display. A side-mounted Cursor Control Device (CCD) allows a pilot to zoom in, select and click, and view data for flight system displays, checklists and approach charts.
Maintenance costs also are reduced because an LCD is structured as part of an easily replaced modular unit. The PlaneDeck architecture also provides a software advantage. The newer display technology provides a platform that can easily be updated as new flight-deck improvements are developed.
Experience Product Enhancements
One of the best advantages Gulfstream business travel offers is the ability to continue a work day―even while jetting through the air at 562 miles/904 kilometers or more an hour.
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.