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Flying is serious business

business Updated: Aug 05, 2010 18:19 IST
Raisa Daimary

Breaking records and setting a standard, the Gulfstream G550, a large-cabin, ultra-long range business jet has been doing its successful rounds from Seoul to Orlando and linking Washington, DC, with Dubai, London with Singapore and Tokyo with Paris. See video

The aircraft is powered by enhanced Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines and is equipped with the Gulfstream PlaneView cockpit, the most advanced flight deck in business aviation. A flight Bruce Wayne or James Bond would prefer to travel in.

The PlaneView cockpit is full of Gulfstream's latest avionics achievements: the first fully synchronous triple Flight Management System (FMS), the Gulfstream Signature Cursor Control Device (CCD), which improves the way that pilots interact with the PlaneView avionics.

The latest Head-Up Display technology is integrated with the next-generation Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II, which captures pictures of the environment and presents the pilot with a clear picture of runway markings, taxiways and surrounding terrain at night or in the worst weather conditions.

Gulfstream is the first business jet manufacturer to certify the optional Synthetic Vision - Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) that adds to the enhanced situational awareness even in zero visibility conditions. All of this takes the flight a notch higher in terms of safety.

The flight is an opportunity for India's elite and business people to travel for work in such luxury as never before. The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones and a choice of 12 floor plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers.

The necessary standard communication features: a fax machine, a printer, a wireless local area network and satellite communications are well taken care of. A Broad Band Multi Link, which combines fast Internet connection speeds with low operating costs, is also provided to add to the amenities.

The team that developed the G550 was honored for its work with the Robert J Collier Trophy, the most prestigious award in aviation today.