Gulfstream has received U.S. FAA approval for a synthetic vision upgrade for GIV-SPs.
The new update on the GIV-SPs will include charts and maps, as well as ground based weather on flight displays.
Gulfstream Aerospace has received U.S. FAA approval for a synthetic vision upgrade to GIV–SPs equipped with the PlaneDeck avionics suite. The upgrade integrates synthetic vision with charts and maps, video capability and XM ground-based weather on flight displays to increase situational awareness. The approval opens the option to 325 GIV–SPs in service. First certified on Gulfstream aircraft in 2008, synthetic vision is now installed on more than 60 percent of Gulfstream’s fleet of nearly 1,100 large-cabin aircraft. Synthetic vision is standard on the G650/650ER, as well as optional on the G550, G450 and G280. Gulfstream is seeking similar approvals for the GIV and GV.
Gulfstream introduced the PlaneDeck flight deck for the GIV and GV in 2012, transitioning cockpits from cathode-ray-tube to liquid-crystal displays. The PlaneDeck suite includes six 9.5-inch displays that depict electronic charts, approach plates moving maps, video, XM ground-based weather and other situational awareness features. The synthetic vision installation involves a software upgrade, a synthetic vision system on/off annunciator and new wiring from the symbol generators, traffic collision avoidance processor and GPS receivers. The aircraft must be equipped with Flight Management System 6.1. Gulfstream is offering the installation at any of its U.S.service centers. “Synthetic vision is one of the best safety features a business jet can have,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream product support. By providing a 3-D color image of runways, terrain and obstacles, it gives pilots a clear view of the virtual flight path, he said.