FAA Certifies Gulfstream's Newest Large-Cabin Aircraft
Gulfstream has announced that its newest large-cabin, mid-range
business jet, the Gulfstream G350, has received type certification
from the FAA. The G350, which was introduced just eight months ago
at the 2004 Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore, is expected to
enter service during the third quarter next year.
"We developed the G350 specifically for customers who require
ample seating and cargo space, but who don't need long- or
ultra-long-range capability," said Bryan Moss, president,
Gulfstream. "An outstanding value, the G350 is competitively
priced, yet outperforms all other business jets in its class and
features the largest number of standard equipment items, including
the Planeview cockpit."
Compared to other business jets in its class, the G350 offers
the fastest long-range cruise speed at Mach 0.80 and the longest
range - up to 3,800 nautical miles nonstop. Additionally, because
the G350 requires only 5,050 feet to take oft, smaller airports
with shorter runways are accessible. The G350 is powered by two
Rolls-Royce Tay 611-SC engines, each producing 13,850 pounds of
At more than 40 feet long, the G350 cabin configuration
comfortably accommodates 16 passengers in three distinctive seating
areas and has ample room in its baggage compartment for hanging
garment bags, oversized luggage and promotional materials.
The G350 is similar in design to its sister ship, the
large-cabin, long-range G450. While the G450 can fly 550 nautical
miles farther than the G350, both aircraft feature the same
spacious cabin. The G450 was introduced last October in Orlando
(FL) and received its FAA Type Certificate in August of this
Looking beyond their similar appearance, both the G450 and G350
share the same flight control systems, engines, the advanced
PlaneView flight deck, the Honeywell Primus avionics
architecture, an updated Honeywell 36-150 APU, and numerous
upgraded systems, including electrical power and environmental
control systems. Additionally, because the G350 and G450, as well
as the ultra-long-range G500 and G550, all feature the PlaneView
cockpit, they all share the same pilot type rating.
"For our customers who
operate multiple-Gulfstream-aircraft fleets, the similarity in
design between the G350, G450, G500 and G550 results in
cost-savings in terms of crew training and maintenance," Moss
The G350 fills the position previously held by the G300 (right).
However, in comparison with the G300, the G350 features an
additional range of 200 nautical miles, a roomier cabin and cockpit
and baggage area, an advanced technology flight deck and an
upgraded cabin environmental control system.
The G350 was developed by the same internal team that developed
the G550 and the G500. Earlier this year, the National Aeronautic
Association honored the G550 team with the 2003 Collier Trophy,
aviation's most prestigious award, citing its "leading-edge
achievement in designing, testing and building an innovative
aircraft while incorporating measurable safety enhancements and
far-reaching advances in aerospace technology."