Gulfstream G350 Enters Service
Gulfstream Aerospace late last month delivered the first example of its G350 bizjet to an unnamed owner. “Just two months ago, we delivered the first large-cabin, long-range G450 and now we’re delivering its sister ship, the G350,” said Bryan Moss, president of Gulfstream. The G350 and the G450 share the same size cabin and baggage compartment, electrical and environmental control systems, engines, aerodynamic enhancements to the exterior, new thrust reversers and the PlaneView cockpit. The G350 business jet was first announced on Feb. 23, 2004. On Nov. 1, 2004, it was certified by the FAA and, on March 30, 2005, it received validation from the European Aviation Safety Agency. Standard equipment on the G350 includes Gulfstream's PlaneView cockpit consisting of four large flight displays driven by Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics system. Two Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8C engines provide the motion, enabling cruise altitudes up to FL450 and speeds up to Mach .88. The G350 typically seats 12 to 16 passengers in a cabin pressurized to 6,000 feet when flying at its maximum altitude. Optional equipment includes the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and the Broadband Multilink system, enabling high-speed Internet access. The G350, G450, G500 and G550 jets all have the same pilot type rating as that of the Gulfstream V (GV), with minimal differences in training.