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Gulfstream G500/G550
C-37B
A Netjets Europe G550 business jet climbs away from London Luton Airport, England.
Role Business jet
Manufacturer Gulfstream Aerospace
Introduced 2004
Status Active service
Primary users United States Air Force
United States Navy
Israeli Air Force
Netjets
Number built 182+
Unit cost G500: $36 million
G550: $59.9 million
Developed from Gulfstream V

The Gulfstream G500 and G550 are business jet aircraft produced by General Dynamics' Gulfstream Aerospace unit, located in Savannah, Georgia, USA. They are variants of the Gulfstream V. There are nine G500s, and 198 G550s in active service as of January 2009.[1]

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Development

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Gulfstream G500

The G500, a variant of the G550, certified by the FAA in 2003.[2] It was introduced into service in 2004. As a shorter range version of the G550, it has the same exterior appearance, as well as the PlaneView cockpit, but does not have the Enhanced Vision System (EVS) as standard equipment, although it is available as an option. It has a lower fuel capacity than the G550 for a range up to 5,800 nautical miles (10,700 km). The G500 was designed for an emerging market of customers who require the reliability of the G550, but neither the range nor the level of interior customization.[2]

Gulfstream G550

The G550 (a variant of the Gulfstream V) was released to the market in 2003, and has increased performance. Range is increased to 6,750 nautical miles (12,500 km), mostly due to reductions in aerodynamic drag. The Gulfstream 550 has the longest flight range in its class. Additionally, this aircraft has a "PlaneView" cockpit,[3] (which consists of 4 Honeywell DU-1310 EFIS screens, and a Gulfstream-designed cursor control system), and an Enhanced Vision System (EVS), an infrared camera that displays an image of the view in front of the camera on a head up display. The EVS permits the aircraft to land in lower-visibility instrument meteorological conditions than a non-EVS-equipped aircraft. This aircraft may be distinguished from the legacy Gulfstream V by a seventh passenger window on both sides of the aircraft, and by the square outflow valve on the aircraft right side as compared to the circular one on the GV. More than 182 Gulfstream G550 aircraft have been produced as of 2008.[4]

The Gulfstream 550 competes against the Airbus Corporate Jet, Boeing Business Jet, and the Bombardier Global Express.

Design

The cabin pressurization can be maintained at the equivalent of 6,000 feet (1,800 m) altitude[5] versus 8,000 feet (2,400 m) on conventional aircraft to improve passenger comfort.

Variants

A US C-37B at Yokota Air Base, Japan
  • G500: A derivative of the Gulfstream V with shorter range than G550.
  • G550: Longer range version with more advanced cockpit.
  • C-37B: G550 version used by US military.
  • G550 Airborne Early Warning: Israel has acquired a number of G550s, fitted with IAI Phalcon radars, for Airborne Early Warning use, named the aircraft Eitam. Also called CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) by Gulfstream Special Missions Department. Israel has also acquired a number of communications jamming equipped G550s dubbed SEMA (Special Electronic Missions Aircraft).[6] Singapore ordered four similar G550 AEW aircraft equipped with Israel's Elta Systems AEW equipment.[7][8]

Operators

Civil operators

The aircraft is operated by private individuals, companies and executive charter operators. A number of companies also use the aircraft as part of fractional ownership programs.

Government and military operators

 Argentina
Argentine government has two Gulfstream G550 for VIP transport and the Coast Guard has one Gulfstream G500.
 Germany
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has completed a G550 special mission aircraft. The aircraft is dubbed HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft). The aircraft's primary objective is to explore the atmosphere and its carbon cycle. Its unique configuration allows a flying altitude of more than 15 kilometers, a range of more than 8000 kilometers and a load capacity of three tons.[9][10]
 Greece
The Greek Air Force operates 2 G500s for VIP transport and particularly for transport of government officials. These jets are equipped with anti-missile systems.
External images
Gulfstream G550 AEW&C
Hi-res publicity photo of G550 AEW&C and SEMA by Gulfstream Aerospace.
IAF Gulfstream G550 SEMA
 Israel
Eitam CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning); Shavit SEMA (Special Electronic Missions Aircraft).[6]
 Singapore
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has ordered four G550s with the IAI/ELTA EL/M-2075 Phalcon Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) active phased array radar for CAEW duties from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in 2007.[11] These are slated for delivery in 2008 and are expected to be fully operational by 2010.[12]
 Tanzania
The Government of Tanzania acquired one G550 for government related flights in 2004.[13]
 Turkey
Turkey operates one G550 for transport of the Prime Minister.
The Turkish Armed Forces has also ordered two G550 Command and Control Aircraft.[14]
 Uganda
The Government of Uganda ordered one G550 for Presidential flights in December 2007 at a cost of US$48.2 million to replace a Gulfstream IV (GIV). Delivery of the G550 is expected in early 2009.[15]
 United States
A special equipped C-37B serves as VIP transport including the President during certain operations.[16]
The U.S. Navy operates three G550s as the C-37B as VIP transports.[17]
U.S. Army received one G550 in 2005.[10]

Specifications

G500

Data from Gulfstream website[18]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots, 0-2 attendants
  • Capacity: 14-19 passengers
  • Length: 96 ft 5 in (29.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 93 ft 6 in (28.5 m)
  • Height: 25 ft 10 in (7.9 m)
  • Empty weight: 48,000 lb (21,773 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 54,500 lb (24,721 kg)
  • Useful load: 6,500 lb (2,948 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 85,100 lb (38,601 kg)
  • Powerplant:Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan, 15,385 lbf (68.4 kN) each
  • Maximum ramp weight: 85,500 lb (38,793 kg)
  • Maximum landing weight: 75,300 lb (34,156 kg)
  • Maximum fuel weight: 35,200 lb (15,966 kg)
  • Cabin length: 50 ft 1 in (15.3 m)
  • Cabin height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Cabin width: 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
  • Cabin volume: 1,669 ft³ (47.3 m³)
  • Baggage compartment volume: 226 ft³ (6.4 m³)

Performance

G550

Data from Gulfstream website[19]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots, 0-2 attendants
  • Capacity: 14-19 passengers
  • Length: 96 ft 5 in (29.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 93 ft 6 in (28.5 m)
  • Height: 25 ft 10 in (7.9 m)
  • Empty weight: 48,300 lb (21,909 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 54,500 lb (24,721 kg)
  • Useful load: 6,200 lb (2,812 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 91,000 lb (41,277 kg)
  • Powerplant:Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan, 15,385 lbf (68.4 kN) each
  • Maximum ramp weight: 91,400 lb (41,459 kg)
  • Maximum landing weight: 75,300 lb (34,156 kg)
  • Maximum fuel weight: 41,300 lb (18,733 kg)
  • Cabin length: 50 ft 1 in (15.3 m)
  • Cabin height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Cabin width: 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
  • Cabin volume: 1,669 ft³ (47.3 m³)
  • Baggage compartment volume: 226 ft³ (6.4 m³)

Performance

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

References

  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration aircraft population chart." Air and Space magazine. 10 January 10, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Gulfstream G500 Receives Federal Aviation Administration Type Certificate.". Gulfstream. December 8, 2003.
  3. ^ cockpit image, airliners.net
  4. ^ "Gulfstream Marks Entry-Into-Service Anniversaries for the G550 and the GIV-SP". Gulfstream, September 17, 2008.
  5. ^ "Gulfstream V in Service For 10 years". Gulfstream, June 18, 2007.
  6. ^ a b "Israel to receive the first of three Eitam AEW aircraft". RF Design Magazine. February 13, 2008. http://rfdesign.com/military_defense_electronics/news/israel_receives_aircraft_0213/. Retrieved 2008-07-11.  
  7. ^ Govindasamy, Siva. "Singapore takes delivery of first G550 AEW". Flight International, February 23, 2009.
  8. ^ EL/W-2085 – Airborne Early Warning System. IAI/Elta Systems.
  9. ^ "new research aircraft HALO successfully completed” press release 6 December 2007.
  10. ^ a b Gulfstream Delivers Four Special Mission Aircraft And Receives Order For One More In 1Q05. Gulfstream press release, April 21, 2005.
  11. ^ "Singapore confirms new AEW purchase". Flight International. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/05/01/213565/singapore-confirms-aew-purchase.html.  
  12. ^ "Singapore to Replace Hawkeye With G550 AEW". www.defense-update.com. http://www.defense-update.com/newscast/0507/news_080507.htm#g550.  
  13. ^ "Tanzania's leader snubs new jet". BBC news, 6 October 2004
  14. ^ "Turkey picks G550 for command and control mission". Flight International, 16 December 2008.
  15. ^ "New Shs82b jet for President Museveni". The Monitor, 19 December 2007
  16. ^ White House Chief of Staff Card Addresses the Excelgov Conference in Washington, DC (WhiteHouse.Gov)
  17. ^ U.S. Navy fact file for C-37A (G-V) and C-37B (G550)
  18. ^ "Gulfstream : G500". Gulfstream. http://www.gulfstream.com/g500/.  
  19. ^ "Gulfstream : G550". Gulfstream. http://www.gulfstream.com/g550/.  

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