Gulfstream offers FANS solution for GV operators
Gulfstream Aerospace has approval from the FAA to install the soon-to-be required communication and surveillance system known as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ on Gulfstream V aircraft.
“Our FANS 1/A+ solution for GVs is fully integrated with the aircraft’s flight management system. I can’t emphasize the word ‘fully’ enough.”
Mike West, vice president, Products Support Sales and New Business Development at Gulfstream said: “Our FANS 1/A+ solution for GVs is fully integrated with the aircraft’s flight management system. I can’t emphasize the word ‘fully’ enough. The FMS and FANS systems were developed and created through a unique partnership between Gulfstream and Honeywell. The engineering and flight-test efforts were extensive to ensure we meet the needs of our nearly 200 GV operators.”
Operational mandates require FANS 1/A+ for the most wind-efficient North Atlantic Ocean flight tracks (between FL350-390). Some Pacific Ocean routes are also affected. After 30 January 2020, aircraft without FANS 1/A+ will not be allowed to operate in Minimum Navigation Performance Specification airspace, which includes most North Atlantic routes.
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The work can be done at Gulfstream’s US service centres, which are located in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia; West Palm Beach, Florida; Westfield, Massachusetts; Appleton, Wisconsin; Dallas; Las Vegas; and Long Beach, California.
Gulfstream is pursuing a similar supplemental type certificate from the FAA for the GIV and GIV-SP.