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 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).
SV-PFD features three-dimensional color maps to show surrounding terrain, runways and approaches.
Essential flight information such as altitude, attitude, airspeed and turn and bank cues is superimposed over the geographic display. SV-PFD gives pilots an in-depth reading of outside conditions, which improves situational awareness, decreases the likelihood of Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) and increases passenger safety.
Gulfstream was the first business jet manufacturer to offer synthetic vision, and was the first aircraft company to have its synthetic vision certified by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Synthetic Vision is available for all in-production large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft and as a retrofit for Gulfstream G500s and Gulfstream G350s.
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.
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.
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).