Honeywell researchers are demonstrating a synthetic-vision system (SVS) that uses terrain and obstacle data taken from the company’s enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) to paint computer-generated views of the world ahead on aircraft flight displays.
Securaplane Technologies has received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) on its XL249 emergency battery system forinstallation on the Gulfstream V.Securaplane developed the XL249 emergency battery for GV production and it is now the standard production battery on the Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and the G550.
Officials from Rockwell Collins, Max-Viz, NASA’s Langley Research Center, the FAA and other organizations in late June conducted the culminating test flight of developmental advanced-vision avionics aboard an FAA Boeing 727.
For the third consecutive year in AIN’s Product Support Survey, readers gave Gulfstream top marks for both its newer business jets (less than 10 years old) and older business jets (10 years or older), when ratings for the Westwind series are excluded.
Avion Private Jet Club (www.flyavion.com) is the latest venture to introduce per-seat business jet public charter service between designated cities “on a regular and frequent basis.” For example, a round-trip flight between Los Angeles and New York on a Gulfstream V costs about $10,000 per seat. Other per-seat providers include Perfect Jet Travel of Dallas and Linear Air in Boston.
The German aerospace research office, the DLR, is preparing for the 2009 introduction of a modified Gulfstream G550. The long-range business jet will be fitted with a host of special instruments for atmospheric research. It is the platform of an $84 million (E67 million) acquisition program dubbed Halo, for high-altitude, long-range research aircraft.
NetJets Europe will hire more than 100 pilots this year–the largest intake of aircrew since the fractional ownership program started in 1996. It is looking for applicants with a minimum of 1,500 hours total flying time, 500 hours multi-engine time, a valid European Union passport and a full European air transport pilots license.
Flight testing is scheduled to begin this month of a Gulfstream V modified with a fly-by-wire system for controlling the spoilers. Elevator fly-by-wire testing is scheduled for later this year. Gulfstream launched a flight control research program in 2004 with the aim of exploring the potential of fly-by-wire technology on future business jets.
Gulfstream secured bragging rights as the first airplane manufacturer to offer synthetic vision, formally launching an SVS certification program at last month’s Farnborough Air Show.
Code-named synthetic vision-primary flight display (SV-PFD), the technology will come to the Gulfstream G350 through G550 as optional software upgrades to the airplanes’ PlaneView cockpits.
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