New interior unveiled for G650
Gulfstream has unveiled the new G650 interior. The cabin features electric seats; redundant systems; a cabin management system; and a large galley. Every element of the cabin’s design, including small details like mobile phone chargers, passenger service units, cup holders and faucets, has been rethought and redesigned. “The whole is more than the sum of its parts,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programmes, engineering and test, Gulfstream. “The G650 will serve as a platform for the evolution of Gulfstream interior design and keep the company miles ahead of the competition.”
The interior enhancements began with the 16 signature windows. Measuring 28in across, these large windows drove the design of the aircraft’s taller, wider fuselage, allowing Gulfstream to raise the windows 3.4in for optimum viewing. The cabin features LED lighting throughout, including motion-activated lights in the drawers, cabinets and closets. With RGB capability, passengers can select any colour, including multiple shades of white, for up- and down-wash lighting.
For the first time in a Gulfstream aircraft, two of the cabin’s standard seats are electrically operated, and feature heated back and base cushions; four-way pan tilt; back cushion massage; single-position memory preset; and press-and-hold controls for full upright and full flat positions. Controls for those functions are located in the outboard armrest. The inboard armrest can be used for miscellaneous storage or an optional 12.1in high-definition (HD) personal monitor. The ledges contain covered docking stations for a passenger control unit (PCU) and a wireless phone. Both the electric and manual seats feature electric lumbar support; press-and-hold electronic release seat tracking/swivel; and full-flat berthing capability.
The G650 also offers an easy-to-berth divan that converts to an 80 x 41in flat surface. In its upright position, the divan sits closer to the ground and provides a 104° back angle for optimum seated comfort. “This divan is the direct result of working with our Customer Advisory Board,” said Andrew Fulford, manager, design operations, Gulfstream. “Board members suggested making the divan more couch-like. With the added benefit of one-touch berthing, this new divan is exactly what they wanted.”
The G650 cabin environment is enhanced by cabin altitude of 4,850ft at a flight level of 51,000ft. The company says it also offers 100% fresh air and an advanced environmental control system with quieter air distribution and independently vented lavatories. Gulfstream designed the cabin systems (waste; water; communication; lighting; power; cabin control; and entertainment) to ensure no single point failure will result in the loss of cabin functionality. This philosophy, known as Cabin Essential, applies to every aspect of the cabin, including the audio/video distribution system, the new CabinView passenger flight information system and the Gulfstream Cabin Management System (GCMS). Should a failure occur, maintenance personnel will receive a message via PlaneConnect, which transmits reports on the aircraft to experts on the ground while the jet is still in the air.
The GCMS provides digital control of cabin systems through touchscreens, capacitive touch switches and PCUs. Using an iPod touch that is synched to a particular seat on the aircraft, passengers will be able to control the lighting; temperature; speakers; monitors; entertainment equipment; window shades; CabinView system; and attendant call for their specified location on the aircraft. They’ll also be able to set and save their preferences for a particular activity.
The galley houses a stainless-steel appliance stack with two coffeemakers; a microwave and a convection oven; a refrigerator with freezer and removable shelves; solid-surface countertops with a removable cutting board over the sink; two exposed windows for natural lighting; and a 10in touchscreen. “It’s reminiscent of the kitchen in your house,” said Henne. “The touch controls are completely intuitive. That capability extends to the cabin touchscreen, where the flight attendant can easily power up or power down the entire cabin to preset options with a single tap. For that matter, a passenger can just as easily use the touchscreen because of the intuitive nature of the controls.”
Additional conveniences can be found in the electrically operated pocket door in the forward cabin bulkhead and the electrically operated console tables. In addition to four different storage areas, the credenza includes a three-in-one printer/scanner/fax and a 26in monitor with electric lift. The G650 also features a crew rest area with a 17in monitor and 80in of berthing surface.
Convenience has been thought of for the installation of the cabin as well. “Maintenance personnel will be delighted to find that they only need 10 tools to remove and install the interior,” said Dennis Stuligross, senior vice president, operations, Gulfstream. “Easy installation and removal translate into reduced downtime for our operators. We understand our customers need to have an aircraft that’s ready to go when they are.”
For the first time in the company’s history, Gulfstream has installed and will test a complete interior on one of the programme’s five flight-test aircraft. “We want to validate the design in a real-world environment before we start delivering the G650 to customers,” said Henne. “Toward that end, we outfitted our G650 Integration Test Facility in Savannah with many of the aircraft’s interior systems and have already begun evaluating them on the ground. But we also want to test them in the air. The interior we installed on 6004 will allow us to do that. The point is to ensure the cabin is as reliable as possible.”