Wed, Sep 02, 2009
First Real-World Pic Of Hottest New BizJet
Few new aircraft are as anxiously awaited (or as assuredly
successful) as a new Gulfstream... especially when they're updating
Gulfstream's long-awaited new G650 has finally seen the light of
day and is readying for a first flight in the not too distant
future. The G650 was rolled outside last night, fired up the APU
and did their first engine runs. In any test program, that's a big
moment, and in this case, enough of a big moment to have someone
send us a pretty cool pic of the proceedings.
The Gulfstream G650 is described as an 'ultra-large-cabin,
ultra-high speed' bizjet and is hyped as being able to fly faster
and farther than any traditional business aircraft. The program was
inaugurated just last year and promises a bird that will carry
eight passengers and a crew of four on nonstop legs of as long as
7000 nm (at long-range cruise, M.85), and still require a
conservative balanced field length of some 6000 feet (MTOW, SL,
ISA) -- and while boogying as fast as M.925.
Gulfstream is packing the cockpit with every asset imaginable...
as the G650 comes standard with Enhanced Vision System II, Head-Up
Display II and a Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display. The
Planeview II cockpit is equipped with a Triplex Flight Management
System, Automatic Emergency Descent Mode, 3-D weather radar, and
Advanced Flight Controls.
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