Gulfstream Composites

Lighter, stronger, greener flight

Improving how fast and how far an aircraft flies requires more than engineering a better way to make a jet soar. It also includes examining—even to a molecular level—every material used in manufacturing aircraft to develop something more advanced.

For more than three decades Gulfstream has incorporated increasing levels of composite materials into its aircraft design. Pressure bulkheads, horizontal stabilizers, rudders, numerous fairings, floor panels and furnishings are a few of the components made lighter and stronger by the addition of composites.

Composite components offer improved corrosion resistance and lighter weight, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2007, Gulfstream initiated the Advanced Composites Research and Development program to look at new ways aircraft could benefit from composite structures. This effort continues and focuses on new materials, manufacturing methods and inspection methods.

In 2012, this program was expanded to include other leading edge materials and processes and was renamed the Advanced Structures and Materials Initiative (ASMI). The project has added advanced metallic alloys, new forming processes, additive manufacturing (3-D printing) and green technologies to its research and development activities. ASMI is dedicated to providing a seamless transition from advanced design to production of the world’s finest aviation experience through industry leading expertise in the design, development and certification of advanced structures and materials.

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Health and Trend Monitoring

Health and Trend Monitoring

The Gulfstream G650 and G650ER distinguish themselves with another innovation―PlaneConnect Health and Trend Monitoring™ (HTM). For the first time in a business jet, real-time, parametric data is collected in flight and transmitted directly to preselected reviewers, including Gulfstream technicians and operators.

Symmetry Flight Deck

Symmetry Flight Deck

The all-new G500 and G600 represent the dawn of a new era in flight deck design, integration, functionality, ergonomics and even aesthetics. Gulfstream’s Advanced Aircraft Program group has forever changed the way pilots aviate, navigate and communicate.

Advanced Vision Systems

Vision Systems

Gulfstream was the first civilian aircraft manufacturer to successfully develop and certify the nose-mounted infrared Enhanced Vision System™ (EVS), improving flight safety and situational awareness for pilots.

Gulfstream Cabin Management

Cabin Management

Gulfstream’s research and development efforts have created new systems that improve the cabin experience. The Gulfstream Cabin Management System incorporates touch-screen technology, allowing passengers to adjust lighting, window shades and entertainment from most hand-held Apple devices and select Google Android devices.