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Gulfstream introduces the all new Gulfstream G650

March 13, 2008, Savannah, GA –Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics , today announced the introduction of an all-new business jet: the Gulfstream G650.

March 13, 2008  By Carey Fredericks

gulf650March 13, 2008, Savannah, GA –Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics , today announced the introduction of an all-new business
jet: the Gulfstream G650. With its ultra-large cabin and ultra-long
range, the G650 establishes a new price and performance point for
business-jet aircraft.

The G650 offers the longest range,
fastest speed, largest cabin and the most-advanced cockpit in the
Gulfstream fleet. It is capable of traveling 7,000 nautical miles at
0.85 Mach or 5,000 nautical miles at 0.90 Mach. Using an advanced
aerodynamic design, the G650 has a maximum operating speed of 0.925
Mach, which will make it the fastest civil aircraft flying. It can
climb to a maximum altitude of 51,000 feet, allowing it to avoid
airline-traffic congestion and adverse weather.

“This is an
exciting time in Gulfstream’s history,” said Joe Lombardo, president,
Gulfstream Aerospace. “For 50 years, our company has been on the
forefront of business-jet aviation. I can think of no better way to
celebrate our golden anniversary than to introduce the Gulfstream G650.
Created with significant input from customers who participate in our
Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team, a subset of our Customer
Advisory Board, the G650 offers the most advanced flight deck and the
widest array of cabin comforts. Its performance and aesthetics are

Gulfstream expects to begin G650 customer deliveries in 2012. Based on the aircraft
development schedule, the company projects it will receive Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Certification and validation by the
European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) in 2011. First flight of the
aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2009.


Enhanced Cabin Environment
Comfort figures prominently into the G650. The unfinished aircraft
cabin measures 102 inches wide and 77 inches high, making it the
largest business-jet cabin. The extra space allows for a longer living
area, more seat recline, expanded leg room and increased stateroom
capabilities as well as larger galleys, lavatories, storage and crew
rest areas. An 84-inch-wide floor provides for larger seats, wider
aisles and the ability to seat three across.

G650 provides the most comfortable and productive cabin environment. A
cabin altitude of 4,850 feet at FL510 and 2,800 feet at FL410 reduces
fatigue, increases mental alertness and enhances productivity, while a
quieter cabin provides a more comfortable environment for conversation
or relaxation. The aircraft’s advanced environmental control system
features quieter air distribution and independently vented lavatories.
The G650’s new 16 cabin windows, measuring 28 inches by 20.5 inches,
are the largest in the industry, providing for even more natural light
and visually expanding the aircraft’s already spacious interior.

Cabin Essential® design philosophy means all of the G650’s major cabin
systems have been designed with redundancy so a single-point failure
will not result in the loss of cabin functionality. That means a toilet
always flushes; water is always available; and an entertainment source
always works.

The PlaneView® Cockpit
The G650 features the most technologically advanced PlaneView® II
cockpit with a number of enhancements including: four 14-inch,
adaptive, liquid-crystal displays; three standard PlaneBook® computer
tablets; a smaller pedestal; a standby multifunction controller that
combines current display controller functionality with standby flight
instruments; and a fully automatic, three-dimensional scanning weather
radar with an integral terrain database for efficient ground-clutter

In addition, the G650
uses state-of-the-art vision systems to improve both pilot situational
awareness and flight safety. These standard systems include the
Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS II), the Synthetic
Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) system and Head-Up Display (HUD
II). Gulfstream is the first Part 25 Original Equipment Manufacturer
(OEM) to provide its customers with both enhanced and synthetic vision
systems. Kollsman (EVS II), Honeywell (SV-PFD) and Rockwell Collins
(HUD II) are major suppliers to Gulfstream on these three systems.

in concert, the EVS II and SV-PFD provide pilots with a superior view
of the terrain, obstacles and approaches, regardless of the weather
conditions outside the cockpit.  EVS uses a forward-looking infrared
(FLIR) camera to capture real-world images and project them on the
pilot’s all-digital HUD II, while the SV-PFD uses three-dimensional,
color terrain images that are derived from data stored in the Honeywell
Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

Gulfstream G650 uses state-of-the-art avionics to give operators a
visual edge,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs,
Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “But the G650’s advances extend
beyond the cockpit. Every element of this aircraft was designed with
safety, reliability, comfort, productivity and performance in mind.”

the G650 flight deck has the same basic layout as the G550, the pilot
type rating for the G650 is expected to be the same as the GV and the
other in-production, large-cabin Gulfstream business jets, with minimal
differences training.

The G650 is powered by the new Rolls-Royce BR725 engine, which produces
16,100 pounds of thrust at take-off. Manufactured by Rolls-Royce in
Germany, the BR725 engine features a 50-inch swept fan with 24 blades
for improved flow, increased efficiency, reduced noise and lower
emissions. The G650 has fuel-burn levels comparable to those of smaller

The BR725, in
combination with the new, high-efficiency thrust-reverser system and an
all-new aerodynamically optimized wing, means the G650 can meet the
latest take-off certification requirements, has excellent “hot and
high” performance and offers outstanding intercontinental range. For
example, the G650 can travel the 6,370 nautical miles from Dubai to
Chicago 88 minutes faster than existing long-range jets. It shaves 31
minutes off the 4,788-nautical-mile trip from Los Angeles to London and
50 minutes off the 5,932-mile trip from New York to Tokyo.

Reliable Systems
The G650 offers a full three-axis fly-by-wire system that delivers a
number of benefits to the user, including flight-envelope protection,
increased redundancy and reduced maintenance. The system is the result
of extensive testing in Gulfstream’s Advanced Flight Controls program,
where designers and engineers have been flight-testing advanced
signaling and actuation on a GV aircraft. Those efforts led to a
redundant fly-by-wire system that exceeds certification requirements.
The system features a quadruple-redundant flight-control computer
system for commanding all flight-control surfaces. In addition, the
system has a separate and dedicated back-up flight-control computer
that provides an additional level of safety.

G650 also has reliable electrical systems that use proven components.
Two 40 kVA Integrated Drive Generators, a 40 kVA APU Generator and one
15 kVA Ram Air Turbine provide superior electrical power capacity,
no-break power transfer capability and added redundancy for safe,
reliable operation.

The G650 fuel system stores
100 percent of the aircraft’s 44,200 pounds of fuel in the wings. The
G650 retains the G550 heated fuel return system but adds a new Fuel
Quantity Monitoring System (FQMS). This system uses a new distributed
architecture with redundancy to maintain fuel-quantity indication in
the event of any single sensor failure. Additionally, the
electronically controlled refueling feature automatically adjusts to
provide accurate refueling under varying fuel temperature conditions.

ensure all systems remain at peak performance, the Gulfstream G650 uses
Gulfstream’s PlaneConnect® program, a maintenance link that
automatically transmits aircraft maintenance information to the
customer’s operations department with an optional copy to Gulfstream
Technical Operations. This data can then be analyzed to identify
systems’ condition status. It also allows for exceptionally fast
maintenance turnaround times.

With overall
system reliability improvements and with 600 hours between major
inspections, the G650 is projected to have unmatched availability and
dispatch reliability.

The G650 fuselage employs all-new structural design and manufacturing
processes, including bonded skin panels, machined frames and precision
assembly. These new methods not only improve aircraft quality, fit and
finish, they also reduce assembly time and the need for an extensive
parts supply. For example, the G650’s new window design is 16 percent
larger but uses 78 percent fewer parts, thereby reducing assembly time
57 percent. This streamlined manufacturing cycle also consumes less

The G650 will be produced in the recently completed 308,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at Gulfstream in Savannah.

In summary, Gulfstream’s all-new flagship jet, the G650, is a new, one-of-a-kind, high-
tech, state-of-the-art airborne office that features an unmatched
combination of characteristics: the largest and quietest cabin, the
longest range and fastest speed and the most technologically advanced
aircraft systems.

thrilling to see how far we’ve come since that day 50 years ago when
the first Gulfstream I prototype took to the skies. We were the first
then and we’re still the first now. And with the help of our customers,
the support of our communities and the ingenuity of our employees,
we’ll continue to make aviation history with cutting-edge advances that
revolutionize the business-jet industry,” said Lombardo.


Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation,
a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs,
develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most
technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced
some 1,600 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet
the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a
comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed
Gulfstream G150®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200®; the
large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350®; the large-cabin, long-range
G450®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500® and the
large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550®.  Gulfstream also offers
aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division
and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than
9,100 people at seven major locations.  We invite you to visit our Web
site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at

General Dynamics,
headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 83,500 people
worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2 billion.  The company is
a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat
systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and
information systems and technologies.  More information about the
company is available on the Internet at

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