Most people that are involved in aviation in one respect or another think of business jets as a rather cookie cutter approach to get people from one place to another. It’s relatively easy to understand how people come to think about them this way. For the most part, the overwhelming majority of them don’t really stand out. In fact, they have a tendency to look very much alike, even more so than airliners. This means that most people have a tendency to overlook them unless they fly one or travel in them on a routine basis. Every once in awhile, one will come along that sort of breaks the mold. You might say that this is the case with the Gulfstream V. It’s a little bit larger than most business jets, and it looks a little bit different as well. With its winglets, T-tail design and rear mounted engines, it not only looks more graceful while it’s in flight, it also looks more powerful. Below are 10 additional things about this unique business jet that you might not already know.
1. It can fly long distances
This jet can fly up to 6,500 nautical miles, allowing it to travel much further than most business jets. This also makes it more convenient to fly because there aren’t as many stops for fuel.
2. It has a high service ceiling
The jet typically cruises at an altitude of 51,000 feet. This is far higher than most business jets. It also exceeds the typical cruising altitude of most airliners by more than 10,000 feet. The benefit is less congested air space and a smoother ride.
3. It’s fast
The jet doesn’t quite make it to the speed of sound, but it gets close. It’s top speed is Mach .885. In other words, it flies at just a little over 88 percent of the speed of sound. If that explanation still leaves you scratching your head, think of it this way. It’s faster than most airliners but not quite as fast as a fighter jet. At any rate, that’s not bad for a plane that spends most of its time carrying business executives around from one meeting to the next.
4. It’s based on a tried-and-true design
As you might have already guessed from the name, this plane is based on its predecessor, the Gulfstream IV. As a result, most people readily accept the G-V because they already know the history of Gulfstream aircraft, especially the G-IV. Since this one makes some relatively minor improvements on its predecessor, people largely already know what they’re getting. More importantly, they know that they’re likely to be satisfied with the end result.
5. It’s been flying for a long time
This aircraft was first tested back in 1995, with the first production models being delivered two years later. That means it’s been flying for a little over a decade. This is another thing that makes it a popular aircraft. It’s been in production long enough that the bugs that are typically come with new designs have already been worked out a long time ago.
6. It carries more people than most business jets
Most jets designed for business travel carry somewhere between six and 10 passengers. This particular example is capable of carrying up to 14 passengers. It also requires a crew of four to fly.
7. It’s also used by the U.S. Air Force
It’s not at all uncommon for the military to use business jets in order to make travel more effective for certain officers. The U.S. Air Force has developed an affinity for the G-V and routinely uses it for a number of different roles.
8. It’s more cost-effective than your typical business jet
While it certainly isn’t cheap at $36 million per aircraft, it is one of the more cost-effective business jets on the market. In a world where it isn’t at all uncommon to see a single business jet go or more than $65 million, this one allows you to travel further, carry more people and spend about half the cost.
9. It performs well
This jet is capable of climbing at more than 4,000 feet per minute. At that rate, it doesn’t take too terribly long to reach a decent cruising altitude.
10. It can be customized
In today’s market, it’s popular to customize business jets so that they fit the needs of the particular client in question. As a result, some G-V’s have more windows than others and many of them feature different configurations as far as the interior is concerned.