Also OKs Retrofit For Cockpit Lighting On Several Models
Gulfstream has received FAA certification to install the latest
version of its ultra-high-speed Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) data
system on Gulfstream V aircraft. With BBML, in-flight passengers
can surf the Internet, send and receive e-mail or perform any other
web-based task at data speeds of up to 3.5 megabits per second.
The "Gen 3.0" enhanced BBML system is comprised of a new
third-generation dish antenna mounted under the tail radome of the
aircraft; an antenna control unit (ACU); an aircraft integrated
transceiver/router (AITR); and Gulfstream's third-generation (Gen
3.0) enhanced aircraft cabin server (ACS). This all-new
Gulfstream BBML server provides enhanced vibration tolerance;
improved tolerance to electrical spikes and transients; and an
updated, more stable operating system with bootable backup
copy. It also uses less power.
"We continue to enhance our Broad Band Multi-Link, which is
still the fastest in-flight connectivity available," said Mark
Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. "It is essential for
customers who use their aircraft as an office in the sky."
The system is available for installation at any of the
Gulfstream and General Dynamics Aviation Services facilities
Up at the business end of the airplane, the FAA OKed a retrofit
for Gulfstream IV, GIV-SP and GV aircraft cockpits with
light-emitting diode (LED) lamps via two Gulfstream aircraft
service changes (ASCs).
The LED lamps were developed by Gulfstream engineers and
suppliers to replace up to 700 incandescent bulbs throughout the
cockpit, depending on each aircraft and its configuration.
LED cockpit lamps offer better performance, reliability and
cost-effectiveness. Because they have a much greater
lifespan, the new LEDs reduce maintenance and material costs.
The colors - blue, white, red, green, amber - are richer and more
vibrant than those emitted by the incandescent bulbs. The LEDs also
offer a purer color light and operate at temperatures approximately
80 degrees cooler.
"The old bulbs require considerable maintenance time, whereas
the new lamp technology can be installed quickly and without
significant modification to the aircraft," said Mark Burns,
president, Gulfstream Product Support. "These new, more
reliable, energy-efficient LEDs emulate those that we already have
in the G450 and G550, and they provide the operators of legacy
Gulfstream aircraft the same advantages afforded the G450 and G550
The new cockpit LEDs are available now and can be installed in
three days or less.