Honeywell will supply the integrated avionics systems for Gulfstream’s newest business jets, the G300 and G500. In the G500, essentially an improved derivative of the GV, Honeywell is designing a four-display Primus Epic PlaneView cockpit similar to the integrated system now flying in the G550 (see photo below).
When the going gets tough, marketing departments heat up their branding irons. Or so it seemed at the 55th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month. No fewer than three major business aircraft manufacturers announced new or reinvigorated brands for at least one of their offerings (see full stories elsewhere in this issue). The moves were as much a reaction to the wishy-washy U.S.
At both a large invited-guests-only event and a next-day press conference on the eve of the 2002 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. last month, Gulfstream Aerospace announced a major transformation of its product line that not only revises the familiar nomenclature of its business jets, but also segments them by options and mission profiles into market niches never before directly targeted by Gulfstream.
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.
The pace of airplane introductions in the first half of the year has bordered
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).
Very light jet. Super-midsize. Ultra-long-range. Bizliner. These are just some of the colorful names that marketers, analysts and aviation journalists have dreamed up in an attempt to pigeon hole a variety of business jets into more or less clear-cut market niches. But who gets to decide which category best suits a specific aircraft model? And where do the cutoffs lie?
Ending protracted speculation about how it would address the aging fuselage cross section of its large-cabin business jets, Gulfstream Aerospace last month took the wraps off the G650, which will topple (but initially not replace) the G550 from its perch as the top Gulfstream business jet when it enters service in the first half of 2012.
When Singapore revealed that it had chosen the Gulfstream G550 business jet as its new airborne early warning (AEW) platform last April, Northrop Grumman officials were reportedly shocked. They had every confidence that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) would select the E-2D, an upgraded version of the Hawkeye twin turboprop that had served the RSAF well for nearly 20 years.