Gulfstream releases performance iPad app for easier, more accurate flight planning

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Intuitive Tool Uses Simple Graphics To Display Takeoff And Landing Data

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced it has developed the first phase of an intuitive mobile application to help Gulfstream operators streamline flight operations.

A companion to Gulfstream’s PlaneBook electronic suite of flight crew information, the new Performance iPad app enables a Gulfstream G650 or G650ER flight crew to quickly calculate precise performance data for the takeoff and landing phases of flight, replacing paper charts and manual calculations. The results are displayed in simple, easy-to-understand graphics, reducing the flight crew’s preparation time and workload and increasing their situational and operational awareness.

The Gulfstream Performance app makes complex information easy to consume for the flight crew because it is presented in a clear and simple visual format,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “The accuracy of the data, the intuitive visual interface and the time-saving features make this app unique and invaluable.

The Gulfstream Performance app uses a model-specific weight-and-balance file validated by Gulfstream Flight Operations, allowing operators to quickly determine their takeoff and landing weights after inputting the number of passengers along with cargo and fuel load.

Gulfstream’s app includes real-time airport data. App users can automatically receive real-time weather data when there is an internet connection.

For takeoff and landing performance planning, the app’s features include:

  • Balanced and unbalanced field lengths and speeds
  • Takeoff speed distance visualization
  • Remaining stopping distance
  • Factored and unfactored landing distance visualization
  • Remaining runway
  • Abnormal flap landing performance

One of the goals of this app is to enhance pilot training,” Zimmerman said. “It will be used by FlightSafety International, our authorized training provider, to improve the visualization and understanding of key performance data and the real-time impacts of environmental, airport and aircraft configuration changes on that data.”

Additional models for the app are planned, and future enhancements will include cruise and mission planning along with a stand-alone weight and balance computation ability.

The Gulfstream Performance app is available from the Apple App Store for all G650/G650ER PlaneBook users.

SAVANNAH, Georgia, August 29, 2016 

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