Gulfstream has earned approval from the FAA to install the mandated avionics upgrade known as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ on GIV-SP aircraft. FANS 1/A+ uses automation and satellite-based technology to improve aviation communication, surveillance and traffic management.
“Like our solution for GV aircraft, this system was developed by Gulfstream and Honeywell to fully integrate with the GIV-SP flight deck,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “It is not a standalone system. The full functionality of the flight management system – auto throttle, auto pilot, vertical navigation – is retained. Operators will save time and fuel with access to preferred routing across the North Atlantic Ocean, and training on the system is fast since flight crews are already proficient with the flight management system and control display unit.”
After January 30, 2020, aircraft without FANS 1/A+ will not be allowed to operate in Minimum Navigation Performance Specification airspace, which includes most North Atlantic routes.
The FANS 1/A+ installation on a GIV-SP requires the following new hardware: a communications management unit, a transceiver and a cockpit voice recorder with data link recording ability. A flight deck printer is optional. The work can be completed at Gulfstream’s US service centers, which are located in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia; West Palm Beach, Florida; Westfield, Massachusetts; Appleton, Wisconsin; Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Long Beach, California. Gulfstream is pursuing a similar STC from the FAA for the GIV.
April 1, 2016