The Best Gulfstream Ever Made
The all-new Gulfstream G500 stretches the limits of high-speed travel. Combining incredible speed with significant range—4,400 nautical miles/8,149 kilometers—when flying at Mach 0.90, the G500 blazes across the sky at a maximum Mach of 0.925.
The G500 was meant to replace the G450, a fine bird by any standard and replace it does. The last G450 rolled off the production line a few months ago. It is and remains a relevant plane but production had reached the sunset of its beautiful life. The G450 was a fine successor to the GIV, itself the worthy child of the GIII, the first progeny of the GII and daughter of the G-I, the original corporate chariot. Gulfstream needed to make a statement, a claim that vision, design and technology is what drives progress. The G500 flies about 30 knots faster and almost 20% farther with the same amount of fuel while emitting considerably less noxious emissions. It’s the first ‘real’ Gulfstream to use engines not designed by Rolls-Royce.
The G500 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada Pure-Power PW800 powerhouses. They are the result of decades of engineering for airline-economics fuel savings and they are quiet too. The PW800 series engines are maintenance and wallet-friendly on- condition engines with no mid-life inspections needed. Overhauls come at 10,000 hours, and they self-diagnose throughout their lives providing health reports when they need some attention. They produce an impressive 15,144 lbs of thrust out the back. [To be continued...]