October 20, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Gulfstream cabins have always been large and luxurious, but the company’s new G650s will come with a wide range of extra enhancements not previously available. New, electrically-adjustable seats lead the list of features, which also includes an enlargement of the airplane’s 16 cabin windows—which will measure 28 inches across. The windows have also been raised 3.4 inches for optimum viewing by seated passengers.
Gulfstream designed the cabin systems—water, waste, communication, lighting, power, cabin control, and entertainment—to ensure that no one single-point failure will result in a loss of cabin functionality. This philosophy, know as Cabin Essential, applies to every aspect of the cabin. This includes the Gulfstream Cabin Management System (GCMS), which provides digital control of cabin systems via touch screens.
Other features of the new cabin include electrically-operated pocket doors and console tables, a credenza that contains a three-in-one printer/scanner/fax machine, and a crew rest area with a 17-inch monitor and 80 inches of berthing surface.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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