Gulfstream has launched an all-new family of
business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600.
can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or
3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90, while the G600 is capable of traveling
6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90.
The G500 and G600, powered by versions of
the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 series engine, can fly at a
high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, saving operators up to an hour per
flight versus flying at Mach 0.80.
Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream, said, “The G500 and G600 build upon the technology present in our G650
and our latest aircraft, the G650ER. Once again, our customers
played a major role in the development and creation of these
aircraft. The G500 and G600 continue the long Gulfstream tradition
of being the first original equipment manufacturer to ensure an
optimal combination of speed, range, wide-cabin comfort and fuel
finished cabin of each aircraft, which measure 91 inches/213
centimeters wide and 74 in/188 cm tall, provide wide-cabin comfort
with considerable head room and shoulder room for passengers.
Carrying up to 19 passengers each, the G500 has three living
areas, and the G600 has up to four, as well as an optional crew
Both aircraft have forward and aft lavatories and include a
full-size galley that can be located in either the forward or aft
portion of the aircraft.
Ample storage space is also prevalent in
the baggage compartment, which has 175 cubic ft/5.0 cu m of usable
Both aircraft feature a cabin
altitude of 4,850 ft/1,578 m at FL510 and 100% fresh air
that boosts mental alertness and productivity while reducing
Large oval windows, the same size as those on the G650, allow
natural light to pour into the cabins.
Gulfstream’s Symmetry Flight Deck is one of the most
advanced, stylish, comfortable and intuitive in business aviation.
The cutting-edge technology comes in the form of active control sidesticks (ACSs), integrated touchscreen controllers, a
next-generation enhanced vision system (EVS) and Honeywell Primus
The ACSs offer enhanced
safety and situational awareness over passive sticks through
tactile feedback. With electronic linking of the ACSs, the pilot
and co-pilot can see and feel each other’s control inputs, which
helps improve pilot coordination in the cockpit.
active control sidesticks enable both pilots to be consistently on
the same page, enhancing safety,” said Dan Nale, senior vice
president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “No other
business aircraft on the market has this feature.”
to the pilots’ more intuitive interaction with the aircraft are 10
integrated touchscreens, which will be used for system controls,
flight management, communication, checklists and monitoring
weather and flight information.
The G500 and G600
incorporate a third-generation Gulfstream EVS, the Synthetic
Vision-Primary Flight Display system and Head-Up Display II.
Similar to the G650 and G650ER, the G500 and G600 offer a full
three-axis digital fly-by-wire system with benefits that include flight-envelope protection, stability augmentation, increased
redundancy and reduced maintenance.
Manufacturing for the G500 and G600 will be done at two new
purpose-built facilities in Savannah. Gulfstream will produce the wings and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers for each
The first flight of the G500 is scheduled for
2015. Gulfstream projects it will receive type certification from
the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation
Safety Agency in 2017 and begin deliveries in 2018.
G600 flight-test program is expected to begin approximately 12 to
18 months after the G500’s, and entry-into-service is projected to
be in 2019.
“The G500 and G600 are tremendous additions to
our family of aircraft, filling a niche in an already extensive
product line,” Flynn said. “In 2008, we introduced two
game-changers in business aviation, the G650 and G280. Now, six
years later, we’re introducing another pair of revolutionary
aircraft, the G500 and G600. Thank you to all of our employees for
making this possible. Those who build, design, develop, sell,
market, service and support our aircraft — you are the best in the
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