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 during Completions or as a retrofit on all in-service Gulfstream G150, 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
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.
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.
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).