Elite Interior receives Supplement Type Certificate
Gulfstream Aerospace recently received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for its Elite interior package. The certificate clears the way for the optional interior upgrade, which includes the Gulfstream cabin management system (GCMS) on G550 and G450 aircraft.
“Gulfstream’s leadership in electronic design means we can provide the best and latest technology to our customers,” said Bob Geary, director, Research and Development, Final Phase, Gulfstream. “With the Elite interior, passengers can have total control over their environment thanks to touch-screen-based wireless handhelds that are part of the Gulfstream Cabin Management System.”
“The Elite option also includes GCMS, “which started with the goal of adding automatic redundancy to cabin systems and was fleshed out with input from our customer advisory board made up of operators, maintenance professionals and flight attendants,” said Geary.
Receiving the STC for the Elite option means that GCMS, a key element of the interior upgrade, can also be installed on the G650 and G280 aircraft, which are expected to enter service in the second quarter of this year.
“Various off-the-shelf personal handheld devices, such as an iPod, iPad or an Android device can be used to control the system,” Geary said. “Once the GCMS app has been downloaded and the device taken aboard a GCMS-equipped aircraft, the application adapts itself based on the configuration of the specific aircraft. This allows customers to have one software program and use the same handheld devices across an entire fleet of Gulfstream products with different interior systems and options.”
While GCMS is standard on the G650 and G280, it is offered as an option for the G550 and G450.