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
Gulfstream announced that it has received an STC for the installation of its Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) high-speed Internet connection, giving buyers another choice for airborne access to the Web.
To survive in a business as highly competitive as air charter, you must constantly change and reinvent yourself. So goes the conventional wisdom and, indeed, many of the oldest charter companies in the U.S. now tout products that didn’t even exist when they began operation. Some sell so-called “jet cards.” Others have merged or been swallowed by bigger firms.
A mockup of Gulfstream’s new GV-SP will debut at the NBAA Convention later this month in New Orleans. The mockup, being built by McKinney Aerospace in McKinney, Texas, will feature a complete interior and cockpit, including the Honeywell PlaneView avionics suite. The GV-SP test aircraft rolled out August 8, with the start of flight tests scheduled in the fourth quarter. U.S.
• The Hellenic Air Force was expected to take delivery in late February or early March of a new Gulfstream V contracted for in late March last year.
The FAA has approved the enhanced vision system (EVS) recently installed in a Gulfstream V flight simulator at FlightSafety’s Savannah, Ga. training center. The first pilots have completed EVS training in the level-D simulator and at press time were preparing to fly the real thing.
The addition of a signal splitter to the forward-looking infrared camera system in the nose of the Gulfstream V now allows operators to add a small video display in the cockpit showing the same enhanced vision system (EVS) image the pilot sees through the HUD. Intended for use by the copilot as an aid to situational awareness, the optional equipment includes a 5.6-inch Rosen LCD and is priced at $24,000.
Responding to customer requests, Gulfstream is now offering the Kollsman infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) to owners and operators of GIVs outfitted with Honeywell SPZ 8000 avionics. An amendment to an earlier STC clears the way for all GIVs and GIV-SPs (about 500 in total) to be fitted with the $500,000 EVS sensor system.
Avolar, a stand-alone subsidiary of UAL Corp. created in March to launch a new business aviation venture, has already acquired three business jets as part of the fractional- ownership core fleet and expects to begin flying this month.
Europe’s JAA issued type certificate recommendations for the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP, essentially endorsing the business jets for approval by the JAA’s 25 member nations. The letter recommending issuance of type certificates came earlier this month. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues its long-time effort at obtaining JAA certification of its GV.