Twenty-nineteen promises to be an exciting year with a number of business jets planned for first customer deliveries. Here is a roundup of some of the most notable business jets taking to the skies this year.
The Gulfstream G600 is designed with range in mind. With eight passengers, the G600 is capable of 6,500 nautical miles plus reserves at an impressive Mach 0.85.
Flexibility is a key attribute of any business jet so Gulfstream designed the G600 to allow passengers to prioritise speed and capacity. The G600 can fly at a sizzling Mach 0.925 thanks to the Pratt & Whitney engines rated for 10,000 hours between overhauls. The difference between Mach 0.85 and Mach 0.925 may seem inconsequential but according to Gulfstream, a passenger may save 50 hours per year, depending upon one’s usage pattern. For shorter missions, the G600
is capable of comfortably carrying up to 16 passengers, double the quantity when configured for long-distance travel.
Whether one is traveling short or long distances, Gulfstream has designed in flexibility to configure the cabin based on a passenger’s preferences. Up to four zones are possible, including a forward galley and an aft shower. During waking hours, the 27-inch wide seats can be configured for conversation or in a conference format. During rest hours the seats and the divans can convert into beds.
Gulfstream recognises that owners desire custom interiors, even if the general layouts are typical. To that end, in-house interior designers can help owners choose from a variety of touches such as hand- woven rugs, bamboo flooring, and fiber- optic lighting.
The Gulfstream CMS is standard so passengers can use their personal devices to manage their environment ranging from lighting to temperature to entertainment.
A maximum cruising altitude of 51,000 feet helps keep the G600 flying well above typical commercial aircraft and weather. Even at this altitude, the ambient cabin altitude is just 4,850 feet thereby helping passengers arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed.
Up front, pilots command the G600 with leading-edge technologies such as Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System or EVS. A head-up display allows pilots to focus outside of the aircraft during critical phases of flight such as takeoff and landing. Fly-by-wire technology helps reduce pilot workload and fatigue.