Gulfstream has announced enhancements for the super-midsize Gulfstream G280 – a lower cabin altitude and new LED exterior lights.
“The G280 continues to set the standard for the super-midsize class and we are seeing outstanding levels of interest from customers around the world,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “This past year marked a record sales year for the G280, validating that our continued investment has been well-received.”
Gulfstream credited the even lower cabin altitude to “ongoing research and development coupled with excellence in interior outfitting”. The cabin altitude has been reduced from 6,000ft (1,829m) to 4,800ft (1,463m) at a 41,000ft (12,497m) cruising altitude.
The new exterior LED lights are intended to bolster aircraft safety through increased visibility in flight and during ground operations. Gulfstream also said the upgrade reduces maintenance requirements and improves reliability.
The improved cabin altitude and LED lights will be available on new G280s mid-2023 and for existing customers as an optional retrofit.
In the past year alone, Gulfstream has added a host of features for the G280. The aircraft can now be equipped with Gulfstream’s plasma ionisation clean air system, which is designed to neutralise pathogens and allergens. Additionally, Controller-Pilot Datalink Communication (CPDLC) is now FANS-E compliant; and vertical separation minimum validation intervals have increased from 24 to 96 months to reduce aircraft downtime.
Customers who choose the G280 avionics upgrade V3.6.1 have access to SiriusXM graphical weather with real-time updates; dual electronic charts to help create a paperless flight deck and reduce pilot workload; a surface management system; and access to vertical weather and predictive windshear information.
The G280 is certified for steep approach, providing access to some of the world’s most challenging airports, and has recently been certified to the FAA’s stringent Stage 5 noise standards. The aircraft has Visual Advantage credit.
Multiple floorplan options are possible for the G280, seating up to 10. Features include a four-place conference table; Gulfstream’s cabin management and high-definition entertainment systems; 19 windows; access to baggage at high altitudes; and multiple connectivity options, including a high-speed Ka-band satellite system.