When it comes to private jets, Gulfstream is the king of the hill. With the G650, set to hit the skies in the next few months, it is looking to cement its number one position. With a $64.5 million price tag, the G650 will come with all the technological and luxury bells and whistles anyone would expect. The airworthiness of the aircraft keeps the Gulfstream on track with its plan to deliver the first fully outfitted G650’s to customers by the end of 2012.
The New York Post reported in 2011 that Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, and Ralph Lauren all want one. Gulfstream will not reveal the names of buyers, but verified that it has received more than 200 orders for the private jet.
The G650 will fly at Mach .925, nearly the speed of sound.
With a range of more than 8,000 miles, it can fly from Dubai to New York without landing. It has room for eight passengers and a crew of four.
It has the tallest, longest, widest cabin in its class.
Gulfstream announced on Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a type certificate for their new, ultra-long-range G650 business jet. This means the FAA has reviewed the flight test results, approved the manufacturing processes and materials, and allowed Gulfstream to build and sell the aircraft without restriction.
Savanna, GA based Gulfstream has taken orders for more than 200 aircraft and plans to deliver the first fully-fitted production model by year's end. Speaking in a press release Gulfstream's president Larry Flynn said, "The
G650 is a superlative aircraft with the most technologically advanced flight deck in business aviation and the largest, most comfortable cabin in its class. In short, the G650 speaks to all that is good about business aviation: safety, security, flexibility, comfort, and capability." Technology
Among the advancements in the Gulfstream G650 is the PlaneConnect HTM system. This system monitors 10,000 parameters almost real-time and transmits the information to the aircraft's maintenance department for up-to-date monitoring of vital avionics, engine, environmental, and other systems. It also powers the cutting-edge cockpit information system, PlaneView, to deliver timely, relevant information to the crew.
The PlaneView cockpit system represents the most advanced next-generation flight deck on the market. It brings together the most current instrumentation, like WAAS-LPV and FANS, with new communication systems such as controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) and advanced, 3D weather radar to provide pilots with an unprecedented level of situational awareness. Comfort
The G650's cabin, measuring 102" wide by 77" high, leaves ample room for customization. Customers can break the cabin up into several separate living spaces to make long flights with several passengers more comfortable. The advanced pressurization system keeps the cabin altitude below 4,000 feet at typical cruising altitudes, helping increase alertness while reducing stress and fatigue. With large windows, the G650 provides great views to go along with the smartly-outfitted interior. Features such as lighting, temperature, entertainment, and attendant call are controlled via iPod Touch remote controls for greater flexibility and ease of use.
You can plan to book Gulfstream G650 private charter flights early next year.
Read the full press release
Gulfstream announced yesterday that their newest Super-Midsizes offering, the G280, had received it's type certification in the U.S. and Israel. The paves the way for them to begin full-scale production of the new jet.
The last step in the process, the certification of the the Rockwell Collins custom software for the new PlaneView280 flight deck, cleared the way for a full type certificate issuance.
Larry Flynn, Gulfstream's president said, "Gulfstream is excited to bring this aircraft to its customers, especially since we're able to provide an airplane that does more than we originally announced." The range of the final design bested the original plans by 200 nm at Mach 0.80, bringin the new range to 3,600 nm. This allows trips like London-New York to be completed without a fuel stop.
Gulfstream plans to deliver their first production model before the end of the year to a corporate jet customer. They're also looking forward to the full certification of their new wide-cabin Gulfstream G650 by the end of September.
Now I’m feelin' so fly like a G6, like a G6, like a G6.
You might recognize these lyrics from the Billboard Top 100 song, “Like a G6”. The electro-house single by Far East Movement has been number 1 on iTunes and currently has more than 9 million views on YouTube.
So why is it that you’re “feelin' so fly like a G6”? And what is a G6? One member from Far East Movement, Kev Nish, told MTV News,
A G6 is not a Gatorade flavor. It’s not a car, convertible, four-door. It’s not a watch. But Drake, Drake talks about having G4 pilots on deck, so we said, ‘What’s flyer than a G4?’ Of course, it would be a G6.
But we still want to know what a G6 really is. The G6 refers to the Gulfstream G650, a twin-engine business jet by Gulfstream Aerospace that's currently in flight testing. The aircraft will become Gulfstream’s largest, fastest, and most expensive business jet to enter the market. The G650 is considered to be the ultimate gold standard in business aviation. The cost will start at $58.5 million! Feelin' like a G6 yet? Check out some of the cabin dimensions below and a link to the hit song.
(Mach 0.80) 7,000 nm
Speed Mach 0.925
Max Takeoff Weight
Design Specifications G650
Thrust Mach 0.925