July 11, 2014

Gulfstream G550 Overview (2003 – Present)

Overview including differentiating features from other aircraft in its category

The Gulfstream G550 is a large-cabin, Ultra Long-Range business jet. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, and a choice of 12 floor-plan configurations with seating for up to 19 passengers traveling at ranges in excess of 6,700 nm. The G550 is equipped with the Gulfstream PlaneView cockpit, based on the Honeywell Primus Epic architecture and display system. The PlaneView cockpit presents critical flight information on 14-inch (36 cm) liquid crystal displays arranged for easy interpretation. The latest in Head-Up Display technology integrated with the next-generation Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II. The aircraft is also equipped with commercial and military communications equipment to provide secure voice and data capability.

As of January 2014, the Gulfstream G550 market is comprised of 34% new and 66% pre-owned. The percentage for sale is 3.7% with 87% under an exclusive broker agreement and average days on the market are 101 days.

Brief History

The G550 traces its roots to the Gulfstream GV which was the first ultra-long-range large-cabin business jet produced and started delivering to customers in 1995. Most notable about the G550 is its 6,708 nm range, made possible (in part) by the Rolls Royce engines powering it. Gulfstream acquired G550 Type Certification in August 2003. The National Aeronautic Association awarded its prestigious Collier Trophy for 2003 to the Gulfstream G550 team for technological and safety advances.

Worldwide Appeal

Of the 430 G550 aircraft in operation by continent, North America has the largest percentage at 52%, followed by Asia at 24%, and Europe at 18% for a combined total of 94%. Also, 39% of the G550 jets in operation today are in fleet ownership with the largest fleet operator (Deer Jet in China) having 12 aircraft. Interestingly, 18% of the G550 jets are leased.


Highlights

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Two Rolls-Royce BR 710-C4-11 engines provide 15,385 lbs of thrust each. The Gulfstream G550 uses 360 gallons per hour (GPH). The range of the G550 is 6,708 nm operating under NBAA IFR 8 passengers with available fuel.

Interior

The cabin volume for the Gulfstream G550 is 1,669 cubic feet. Typical configuration features 16 passengers and 4 crew seats.

Design

The Gulfstream G550 Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 91,000 pounds (41,277 kg) with a maximum range of 6,853 nm.

Speed

Maximum Cruise Speed: 488 kts 904 km/h
Long-range Speed: 459 kts 850 km/h

Airfield Performance

Takeoff distance: 2,770 ft (844 m) (SL, ISA, MTOW)
Landing distance: 2,240 ft (683 m) (SL, ISA, MLW)

Operating Altitude

Maximum operating altitude: 51,000 ft (15,545 m)

Noise Level (EPNdB)

Takeoff: 79.3 Approach: 90.8 Lateral: 90.2

Weights

A. Maximum ramp weight: 91,400 lb (41,458 kg)
B. Maximum takeoff weight: 91,000 lb (41,277 kg)
C. Maximum landing weight: 75,300 lb (34,156 kg)
D. Maximum zero fuel weight: 54,500 lb (24,721 kg)
E. Standard basic operating weight: 48,700 lb (22,090 kg)

Avionics

Honeywell Primus Epic

Resources

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