The FAA has issued a follow-on certification for the Honeywell-developed PlaneView avionics suite in the Gulfstream 500 and 550 that lets pilots view electronic charts and video on the flight displays.
Rockwell Collins’s new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE last month, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the rest of the model line. Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected to enter service in 2009.
FlightSafety International (FSI) plans to build a Hawker 750 simulator for installation at its UK training center at Farnborough Airport an hour southwest of London. In addition, FSI (Booth No. 220) will offer Gulfstream G450 and G550 training programs there using an interchangeable level-D simulator planned for operation starting in late 2009.
Rockwell Collins’ new HGS-5860 is the first head-up display (HUD) system with an LCD projector to be certified on a business jet–Dassault’s Falcon 7X. At EBACE yesterday, Rockwell Collins also announced that Gulfstream has selected the HGS-6000 HUD as standard equipment on the G450 and G550 and as an option on the remainder of its model line. Entry into service for Gulfstream’s version of the Rockwell Collins HUD is expected in 2009.
Gulfstream kicked off its EBACE press conference yesterday with a contract signing for 20 G450s (three firm and 17 options) destined for National Air Services of Saudi Arabia. The agreement, potentially worth more than $650 million if all options are exercised, calls for delivery of the first aircraft in the third quarter of 2009. Other deliveries will continue for the following five years.
With Europe continuing to be one of business aviation’s key growth markets, it should not be surprising that Honeywell Aerospace has chosen to position its vice president for worldwide business and general aviation sales at one of its main European offices, right here near Geneva.
Situational awareness is fundamental to safe flight. Cockpit instruments can provide precise indications of an airplane’s position and trajectory, but once the world outside grows too dark, cloudy or foggy to see, pilots must rely on the safety margins built into IFR procedures to maintain safe separation from the ground.
Gulfstream Aerospace has developed an airstair hoist system that provides easier access for business jet passengers who require a wheelchair or have difficulty climbing stairs. “When combined with an airline-approved wheelchair, the system enables the passenger to enter the aircraft via a platform that ascends the airstair, stopping at the entrance of the main cabin door.
Gulfstream introduced the G350 at the Asian Aerospace show in Singapore on February 23 and confirmed that the model would supersede the G300, as reported last month in AIN. The new Gulfstream model, slated to be certified by year-end and enter service in the fall next year, will be a shorter-range and less expensive airplane (3,800 nm and $27.5 million, respectively) than the G450.
Gulfstream’s third-quarter results show double-digit improvements in net sales (14.3 percent) and operating earnings (34.3 percent), as well as an increase in backlog and a marked jump in aircraft deliveries, compared with the same nine-month period last year.