Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream spoke exclusively to Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief, SP’s Aviation sharing his insights on the newly launched G400 and G800 as well as the company’s focus on Sustainability
Jayant Baranwal (Baranwal): Gulfstream is renowned for relentlessly setting new standards for safety, performance and innovations. What all has been done with these two new jets in terms of safety, performance and the innovations?
Mark Burns (Burns): The G400 and G800 further expand the vision of Gulfstream’s reimagined, high-technology product line featuring the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck, boasting the industry’s first electronically linked active control sidesticks and most extensive use of touchscreen technology. They also include the company’s award-winning Predictive Landing Performance System (PLPS), providing pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The combination of the Symmetry Flight Deck and PLPS is a great safety differentiator and sets Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet, including the G500, G600 and G700, in addition to the G400 and G800, apart in the industry.
“We designed the ultralong-range G800 to extend our customers’ reach to more people and places around the world”
Dual head-up displays in the G800 feature Gulfstream’s new Combined Vision System (CVS) that unites the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS) into a single image, increasing pilot situational awareness and access to more airports worldwide.
Baranwal: G800 is the fastest, longest-range business jet, yet. What edge will it have, for the potential buyers, versus the competition(s) in your view?
Burns: We designed the ultralong-range G800 to extend our customers’ reach to more people and places around the world. The G800 offers customers the world’s longest range business jet with its 8,000-nautical-mile/14,816-kilometer range at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nm/12,964 km range at Mach 0.90.
Baranwal: What exactly the large-cabin jet G400 has to offer to the market? What’s so unique about this jet?
Burns: In addition to being the first new large-cabin product to enter the business aviation market in more than a decade, the G400 offers an unprecedented combination of long-range, high-speed performance. It also features a flexible cabin that can seat up to 12 passengers, 10 panoramic oval windows and the Gulfstream Cabin Environment standard on all Gulfstream aircraft: 100 per cent fresh, never recirculated air; industryleading low cabin altitudes; whisper-quiet noise levels; and a plasma-ionising clean air system.
“In addition to being the first new largecabin product to enter the business aviation market in more than a decade, the G400 offers an unprecedented combination of long-range, high-speed performance”
Baranwal: Do these two jets have any additional features to comfort its passengers particularly in view of Covid-19 the world has been through and is yet to be over, completely? A bit of elaboration?
Burns: The new products will come equipped with Gulfstream’s plasma-ionising clean air system which neutralises 99.9 per cent of airborne bacteria, spores and odors. Along with Gulfstream’s 100 per cent fresh air system and the industry’s lowest cabin altitudes, passengers also benefit from less stress and reduced fatigue while traveling over long flights.
Baranwal: Can you tell us about Gulfstream’s aerodynamic cleanwing design incorporated on these jets and how it helps cut fuel consumption and emissions?
Burns: The Gulfstream-designed wings and winglets on Gulfstream’s next-generation fleet, including the G800 and G400, feature advanced aerodynamics that reduce drag and therefore enhance fuel efficiency, especially when combined with the highly efficient engines on each aircraft.
Baranwal: Gulfstream is the industry leader in the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Do these jets happen to be compatible with SAF?
Burns: Yes, the G400 and G800 will be able to fly using SAF. Gulfstream plans to use SAF throughout the flight-test programme just as we did with the G500 and G600 and are doing now with the G700.