The rise of social media has made many names and brands household names, but there is a huge difference in knowing the name of something or even knowing that it exists and actually knowing the intricate details about the thing and understanding what makes it what it is. One brand that has definitely become a household name is Gulfstream. Gulfstream is a leader in the aeronautics industry and there are making quite the name for themselves in business and private flight. If you are a traveler that flies a lot, chances are you have seen numerous Gulfstream aircraft at the airports you frequent. Gulfstream is revolutionizing business travel with their G500 or G5 series.
Unless you are a pilot or an aircraft buff, there are a lot of things about the G5 that you will likely be unaware of. We decided to help familiarize you with the aircraft that is changing business travel in ways that you would never even imagine. Here are 10 little-known facts about the Gulfstream 5.
1. Certain Variations Have Mid-air Refueling Capacity
We all have seen that there are certain military aircraft that have the ability to refuel in mid-air, which can be necessary when flying sorties missions from long distances. What you probably are not aware of is the fact that there are certain private aircraft that have the same capacity. This unique capacity is one of the more interesting facts about this very special plane. Because the plane can refuel in mid-air it does not have to land during extended trips.
2. It Boasts a State-of-the-Art Cockpit
We are beginning to see technological advancements in almost every area of life and the aeronautics industry is no exception. The cockpit in the G5 is second-to-none when it comes to business aircraft. The flight deck is designed by Gulfstream and features active control sidesticks, next-generation enhance vision systems, and integrated touchscreen controllers. If it involves air flight, it can be managed through this remarkable system.
3. An Extremely Luxurious Cabin
When you think about business flights, you think more of comfort than luxury; however, the cabin in the G5 has mastered the idea of luxurious travel. While the luxury in the GF is not overstated, it is clear and expressive. There is nothing over the top, but this is definitely not your average business cabin.
4. It’s Used By Foreign Militaries
You don’t normally think military when you are discussing business aircraft; however, the Israeli Air Force have proven to be highly fond of the G5 — ordering quite a few of them. It has been several years since the Israeli Air Force purchased their G5s and by all indications, they are more than pleased with their investment. They love the way the plane performs.
5. The United States Military Would Not Be Left Out
When it comes to the U.S. military, all five branches have had their hands in the Gulfstream cookie jar. There are also other government agencies, including the FBI that use the Gulfstream 5 for a plethora of assignments. The relationship between Gulfstream and the United States can be traced back as far as 50 years.
6. Most Civilian Jets are Owned by One Company
While the G5 is the newest in the line of Gulfstream aircraft, it has already proven quite popular. Currently, most of the civilian jets are owned by one company; however, that will likely change in the coming months as customer deliveries will peak later this year. It is expected that governments, businesses, and organizations all over the world will own G5s.
7. Costs Can Reach $65 million
The truth is the price for the G5 is pretty much fixed around that $65 million range. Gulfstream does not vary its models for price and performance, they simply create different models to address price points and performance demands. The G5 is the model that is currently in production and it is the model that is in highest demand currently.
8. There are Currently Hundreds Actively in Service
As I mentioned in the introduction, there is no shortage of G5s in service at the current moment. You have likely seen one while waiting in the terminal to board your aircraft for travel. This plane is designed for business travel that is comfortable, convenient, and quick. The G5 definitely answers the bell in all three categories. The ability to fly at an altitude that commercial airliners are not able to reach means a more comfortable ride and less turbulence.
9. It is Very New
The plane did not receive its FAA type certificate until July 20, 2018, so the plane is relatively new to the market, but it is already one of the most popular and requested jets on the market. The design has come along way since October 2014, when the design was first announced. It has finally emerged from flight testing and everyone wants one.
10. It is Actually Built by Gulfstream
Right now you are probably thinking that this should be obvious, but while most aerospace companies design their aircraft, they outsource the building of the craft to a third-party manufacturer. This is not true for Gulfstream. They design and build their crafts — remaining in control of the entire process from beginning to end.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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