New updates to Gulfstream’s eight- to 10-passenger super-midsize G280 business jet lower the aircraft’s cabin altitude from 6,000 to 4,800 feet (1,829 to 1,463 meters) at a cruising altitude of 41,000 ft (12,497 m). The aerospace manufacturer also upgraded the aircraft’s exterior lights to LEDs. The updates arrive on the heels of what Gulfstream says was a record sales year for the G280, and several months after the company announced improvements to the aircraft’s passenger experience, safety, and avionics suite.
Updates, Updates, Updates
The cabin altitude update and the new exterior LED lights are available both for new G280s and for G280s already in operation by way of a retrofit option. Gulfstream says the lower cabin altitude feature will allow passengers to experience less body strain and to arrive at their destinations more relaxed and refreshed. The LED lights are more reliable and require less maintenance, and they’re more readily visible both in flight and during ground operations.
Previous updates made available a new plasma ionization clean-air system and an optional V3.6.1 avionics upgrade that included dual electronic charts for a paperless flight deck and SiriusXM graphical weather with real-time updates. It also introduced a surface management system (SMS) that alerts pilots to unsafe ground and arrival operations, helping to prevent runway incursions. Gulfstream also provided access to vertical weather and predictive wind shear information meant to give pilots sufficient time to avoid weather issues in flight.
The G280 Up Close
The G280 was introduced in 2009, and entered service in 2012. In late 2021, Gulfstream said more than 220 G280s were operating around the world. Owners can configure the twinjet for one or two living areas. Cabin features include 19 large oval windows, a Gulfstream cabin management system, and access to a high-speed Ka-band satellite system and other connectivity options.
The G280 is certified for steep-approach operations and short-field takeoffs and landings. It’s also certified to meet intensified noise standards classified as Stage 5 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Gulfstream says the G280 is the only aircraft in its class with Visual Advantage credit, which authorizes select operators to dispatch and begin instrument approaches in low-visibility conditions below published approach minimums. The G280 has a Gulfstream PlaneView280 flight deck, an Enhanced Flight Vision System, and a Synthetic Vision-Primary Display. Its Honeywell HTF7250G engines each produce 7,624 pounds of takeoff thrust. The jet has a 3,600-nautical-mile (6,667-kilometer) flight range and a maximum speed of Mach 0.85. Maximum cruise altitude is 45,000 ft (13,716 m).
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Posted On: 3/11/2022 9:11:47 AM