Gulfstream G550 Sets New Speed Record
The Gulfstream G550 arrived for this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition after setting a new speed record between Macau and Las Vegas.
The G550 departed Macau International Airport for McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, 2015. The 6,586 nautical-mile/12,197-kilometer trip was covered in 12 hours and 8 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.80.
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“The Gulfstream G550 continues to impress with its outstanding capabilities,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G550 can fly farther than any other aircraft in its class, enabling operators to reach more destinations nonstop. This latest speed record proves once again that the G550 ensures that passengers reach their destinations in record time.”
Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, this latest city-pair record for the G550 will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for consideration as a world record.
The Gulfstream G550 can fly up to 51,000 feet/15,545 meters and at speeds up to Mach 0.885. Powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710 engines, the G550 can fly eight passengers and four crew 6,750 nautical miles/12,501 kilometers at Mach 0.80. The fully equipped G550 offers a choice of cabin layouts and options and can accommodate up to 18 passengers.
The G550 also features the PlaneViewTM cockpit with Gulfstream’s signature Cursor Control Devices. The G550’s advanced vision equipment includes the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System and the optional Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display.
The G550 flight deck launched Gulfstream PlaneConnectTM, an advanced system that automatically transmits reports on the aircraft’s condition to maintenance experts on the ground, facilitating a quick resolution of any possible issues.
A technological leader from the start, the G550 was designed to incorporate future technology upgrades. Gulfstream has continuously invested in the G550, ensuring it meets the latest operational mandates with standard Future Air Navigation System Controller-Pilot Datalink Communication and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast.
There are more than 500 G550 aircraft in service around the world.
Source : Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. - view original press release