PlaneDeck Retrofits STC’d for Gulfstream GIVs, GVs

 - July 6, 2012, 3:15 AM

Operators flying older Gulfstreams–approximately 700 GIVs, GIV-SPs, GVs, G300s and G400s–have a new option to upgrade the original avionics to PlaneDeck. The retrofit, which received FAA and EASA certification late last month, replaces six cathode-ray-tube displays with Honeywell DU-885 liquid crystal displays and adds cursor control devices installed on the side consoles. It also adds capabilities such as XM graphical weather, electronic charts and maps and display of video. More important, PlaneDeck offers a path to bring these airframes up to date with capabilities such as Waas LPV approaches, required navigation performance, ADS-B IN and Fans 1/A datalink. Other future options include Honeywell Inav and synthetic vision technology and worldwide graphical weather. The PlaneDeck retrofit takes 10 to 12 business days at a Gulfstream authorized service center. Installations have already begun, according to Gulfstream.