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
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.
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.
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.