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.
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.
Gulfstream for more than two decades has incorporated increasing levels of composite materials in its aircraft. Pressure bulkheads, the horizontal stabilizer, floor panels, furnishings and fairings are a few of the sections made lighter and stronger by the addition of composites.
Composite components offer improved corrosion resistance and lighter weight, which improves fuel efficiency and reduces 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.
Gulfstream in 2011 created its Composites Product Center in Savannah, Georgia, to combine Engineering, Quality and Operations into one organization dedicated to providing a seamless transition from advanced design to production.
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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.
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.
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.