Gulfstream has received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for its synthetic vision upgrade to GIV-SP aircraft equipped with PlaneDeck. Synthetic vision is standard on G650/G650ER aircraft and available as an option on the G550, G450 and G280.
The upgrade will ensure the nearly 325 GIV-SPs in service worldwide remain a valuable asset for years to come.
"Synthetic vision is one of the best safety features a business jet can have," said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. "By providing a 3-D color image of runways, terrain and obstacles, pilots get a clear view of the virtual flight path. The increased level of situational awareness, which is particularly useful in unfamiliar locations, bad weather and at night, reduces errors as well as a pilot’s workload.
Gulfstream became the first business jet manufacturer in February 2008, to obtain FAA certification for synthetic vision, which was developed in cooperation with Honeywell Aerospace.
Today greater than 60 percent of Gulfstream’s fleet of nearly 1,100 large-cabin aircraft are fitted with the vision-enhancing technology.
The avionics enhancement increases crew situational awareness through the integration of synthetic vision with charts and maps, video capability and XM ground-based weather on flight displays.
Gulfstream is pursuing a similar supplemental type certificate from the FAA for the GV and GIV.