The new Honeywell PlaneView avionics system flew for the first time in the Gulfstream V-SP on August 1, a five-hour trip aloft that set a record for Gulfstream as the longest inaugural flight of any new business jet. The Honeywell system, based on the Primus Epic avionics architecture, features four 13- by 10-in.
Aerospace Technologies Group of West Palm Beach, Fla., has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace as the preferred supplier of aircraft window shade systems for the Savannah, Ga. business jet manufacturer’s new Gulfstream V-SP. Under the agreement, Aerospace Technologies’ Powertech Shade System will be factory-standard equipment on the GV.
Most pilots flying into Dallas Love Field (DAL) are probably not accustomed to seeing “General Dynamics” emblazoned on a civil hangar, but the defense contractor isn’t that new to general aviation. It did own Cessna Aircraft from 1985 until it was sold to Textron seven years later, and three years ago it acquired Gulfstream Aerospace.
Gulfstream Aerospace has successfully installed a certified and fully operational Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on an in-service Air Force C-37A military version of the Gulfstream V. The EVS, jointly developed with Kollsman, Inc., is already being installed in a second C-37A and additional aircraft are scheduled to be retrofitted in the coming months.
Gulfstream has installed the first production enhanced vision system (EVS) on an in-service U.S. Air Force C-37A (the military version of the Gulfstream V).
Gulfstream rolled out the first fully conforming GV-SP in a ceremony for employees on June 19. Soon after the airplane (S/N 5001) was turned over from production to flight operations to be prepared for its first flight, expected by the middle of this month. The first test aircraft, which took its maiden flight on August 31 last year, is a modified GV that replicates the 6,750-nm (NBAA IFR, eight pax, four crew) GV-SP.
Kollsman, the company that invented the first sensitive barometric altimeter in 1928 and the first enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Gulfstream V in 2001, received a big gift on its 75th birthday. The company announced last month that it received an order from FedEx for its all-weather window EVS. The order represents the first EVS destined for the commercial air transport market.
The General Administration of the Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) has awarded type certification to Gulfstream Aerospace for five of its business jet models–the Gulfstream GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550. The TC allows the registration and operation of all those models within China.
Borrowing a page from the commercial airline industry, Gulfstream has developed a flight data monitoring/flight operations quality assurance (FDM/FOQA) program to enhance flight safety.
For the airlines, FDM/FOQA analysis has resulted in significant reductions in the number of unstable approaches, while improving compliance with the pilots’ standard operating procedures.
Since receiving FAA certification in December 1996, some 168 GVs have gone into service, 13 of them in Europe, but it wasn’t until October 31 last year that the Gulfstream V received its stamp of approval from the JAA. In a letter