Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday that an avionics software upgrade resulting in improved aircraft performance is now available for its super mid-size Gulfstream G280.
The new PlaneView280™ software, offered in conjunction with supplier Rockwell Collins, results in slower approach speeds, shorter landing distances and enhanced flight management system performance.
“The G280 was already a top-performing aircraft in its class,” said Dan Nale, Gulfstream senior vice president for programs, engineering and test.
“With this upgrade, the aircraft’s performance is even better. Our customers will appreciate the increased functionality and utility, the operational improvements, the enhanced display layout and the improved situational awareness.”
The upgrade reduces G280 approach speeds by up to 9 knots. The landing distance with the new software is 2,380 feet, a decrease of 270 feet.
Flight management system performance is enhanced as well, with improvements to basic time and fuel predictions, optimum and maximum altitude and best rate-of-climb speed. New performance features are also included with the upgrade, allowing for automatic calculations for long-range cruise, maximum cruise and maximum endurance cruise speeds.
The software incorporates human factors studies and pilot input to enhance the flight deck interface and optimize the display format. It also clears the way for operators to activate a number of optional features, including synthetic vision.
All new G280 aircraft are equipped with the upgraded software. Current G280 operators can obtain the upgrade free of charge through Gulfstream service centers in Savannah, Dallas and Luton, England.