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Gulfstream releases slate of updatesGulfstream releases slate of updates

Gulfstream reports that its fleet of in-production aircraft has earned FAA approval for visual advantage credit using its enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) head-up display (HUD).

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Gulfstream said, “This industry-first approval gives select operators authorization to dispatch and begin instrument approaches in low-visibility conditions below published approach minima.”

The EFVS uses a nose-mounted infrared camera with an artificial cooling system capable of detecting the subtlest details of the infrared view ahead. The imagery is projected onto a HUD. Additionally, all Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft have completed their certification flight testing for EFVS use to touchdown and rollout operations.

Gulfstream anticipates final FAA certification and operational approvals for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 by the end of this year, with approvals for the Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream G550, and Gulfstream G650 to follow.

In other Gulfstream news, the company said that its flagship long-range G650 earned steep-approach approval to operate at the London City Airport. Certification rules for flying into the noise-sensitive airport demonstrate the capability to perform a 5.5-degree approach, then land on the short (4,327 feet) runway. Most runways have an approach angle of three degrees and a length of at least 6,000 feet. Gulfstream said that the G650 family will be the fastest, largest, longest-range business aircraft to operate at the airport.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Topics: Jet, National Business Aviation Association

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