Gulfstream announces G250
Gulfstream just announced their latest midsize business jet, Gulfstream G250, at the NBAA. G250 will be the replacement to G200.
The G250 is capable of traveling 3,400 nautical miles at 0.80 Mach and
has a maximum operating speed of 0.85 Mach. With an initial cruise altitude
of 41,000 feet, the G250 can climb to a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet,
where it can avoid air-traffic congestion and adverse weather.
Gulfstream projects the G250 will be certified in 2011 and expects to begin
customer deliveries of the new aircraft the same year. The first flight
of the aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2009.
The G250 is powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each of
which provides 7,445 pounds of thrust. These fuel-efficient engines feature
reduced emissions, longer maintenance intervals and decreased noise levels.
They also offer excellent climb performance, propelling the G250 to FL410
in less than 20 minutes.
The G250 also has an all-new, advanced transonic wing design that has been
optimized for high-speed cruise and improved takeoff performance. At maximum
takeoff weight, the G250 can take off from a 5,000-foot runway. Its 3,400-nautical-mile
range means the G250 can fly nonstop from New York to London or from London
Improved Cabin Comfort
Convenience and comfort are the hallmarks of the G250 cabin. The
aircraft has the largest cabin in its class, with 17 percent to 35 percent
more floor area than any other super mid-size business jet. This additional
space provides for a larger lavatory, an improved galley and increased storage.
The lavatory features two large windows, a contemporary sink with a raised
ledge, and a vacuum toilet system. The G250 is the only super mid-size business
jet with this system, a standard feature on larger business aircraft. This
system is easier to access, service and maintain.
The ergonomically designed G250 galley features an extra-large ice drawer
with gasper-cooled storage, a sink with a slide-out work surface, and increased
storage capabilities. In addition to the galley, the G250 offers storage
in a forward cabin closet, the lavatory closet and the divan end cabinets.
The aircraft also provides in-flight access to 120 cubic feet of usable
volume in the baggage compartment.
Nineteen windows allow natural light to illuminate the cabin’s interior.
This reduces jet lag and enhances cabin ambiance. The cabin environment
is further improved by 100 percent fresh air and a cabin altitude of 7,000
feet at FL450. Industry-leading sound levels mean the G250 cabin provides
a more comfortable environment for conversation or relaxing.
The G250 is equipped with the most advanced flight deck in its
class: the PlaneView 250 featuring Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics.
This flight deck features three high-resolution, 15-inch diagonal Liquid
Crystal Displays (LCDs) that are capable of showing multiple formats,
including a navigation map with terrain; approach and airport charts;
graphical flight planning, and optional synthetic and enhanced vision. The
cockpit also includes two new Standby Multi-function Controllers (SMCs).
Installed in the glare shield, these first-of-their-kind SMCs incorporate
a variety of features, including Standby Instrument, Electronic Flight
Information System (EFIS) Display Control, and Remote Information Display
on a 5.3-inch LCD.
Working in concert, these elements provide flight crews with enhanced situational
awareness and improved safety.
The cockpit also offers dual Flight Management Systems (FMSs), dual Gulfstream
signature Cursor Control Devices (CCDs), universal worldwide graphical weather,
automatic Emergency Descent Mode, MultiScanTM weather radar and a dual auto-throttle
Optional features further enhance the capabilities of PlaneView 250. These
include the Rockwell Collins HGS-6250 Head-Up Display (HUD II), Gulfstream
Enhanced Vision (EVS II) and Gulfstream Synthetic Vision – Primary
Flight Display (SV-PFD). A Head-up Guidance System (HGS) designed by Rockwell
Collins, HUD II features an all-digital LCD that combines critical flight
guidance information with the infrared image from EVS II and presents it
in the pilot’s forward field of view. This combination of HUD II and
EVS II improves touchdown precision, thereby allowing G250 pilots to proceed
from Decision Height to a 100-foot altitude when using EVS for low-visibility
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