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.
Air travel is safer and more cost-efficient with an enhanced navigation system known as Wide Area Augmentation System-Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (WAAS-LPV).
The WAAS-LPV system is a network of satellites and ground receivers across North America that tracks and fine-tunes readings from the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Because WAAS-LPV provides horizontal and vertical navigation, it is much more accurate than using only GPS. Aircraft equipped with WAAS-LPV have easier entry access at airports because they are allowed a flight status nearer to Instrument Landing System (ILS) rather than non-precision approach minimums.
A WAAS-LPV-equipped aircraft also has more accurate positional data, making landings easier and safer. The advanced navigation also allows jets easier access to smaller airports, which puts travelers closer to their final destinations.
An optional WAAS-LPV-capable receiver can be installed on new Gulfstream G150s during Complitions or as a retrofit on all in-service Gulfstream G200, Gulfstream GIV and Gulfstream GV aircraft. WAAS-LPV is provided on all Gulfstream production aircraft as an upgrade to the PlaneView flight deck.
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 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).
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.