Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered the 600th Gulfstream business jet aircraft equipped with the innovative PlaneView™ cockpit, achieving the milestone just nine years after the flight deck was first delivered.
Additionally, the company has installed more than 250 synthetic vision systems and enhanced navigation systems.
The deliveries solidify the manufacturer’s technological leadership position in the business-aviation industry. Gulfstream was the first original equipment manufacturer to get Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of synthetic vision in 2008. The FAA certified Gulfstream’s enhanced navigation system in 2010.
“These milestones reflect the tremendous appeal of these products, which offer a number of benefits to Gulfstream operators including improved safety, enhanced reliability, reduced pilot workload and increased situational awareness,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “Gulfstream’s tradition of excellence and innovation continues with PlaneView II, the advanced flight deck on the all-new Gulfstream G650.”
Gulfstream reached the 600th PlaneView mark with the delivery of the 362nd large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 aircraft in early June.
First delivered in 2003 on a G550, PlaneView, featuring Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, presents information in a user-friendly format with large displays and easy-to-use software. It includes Gulfstream’s Cursor Control Device (CCD), which allows pilots to retrieve flight plans, maps, charts and checklists by way of point-and-click, scrolling and push-button operations. The modular system is designed to evolve as new technologies arise, with easily upgradeable components and software.
PlaneView also includes Synthetic Vision – Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD), Gulfstream’s synthetic vision system. The system is standard on the G650 and optional on other large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft.
Gulfstream SV-PFD improves situational awareness and safety by generating a three-dimensional image of the world outside the cockpit. It integrates data from the onboard terrain database with the aircraft’s position, altitude and heading to create a synthesized picture that is projected on the primary flight displays. This allows pilots to view landmarks throughout the world and the aircraft’s position relative to them, thereby improving terrain and obstacle awareness.