The Gulfstream G150 made its first arrival at London City airport en route to EBACE to demonstrate its steep approach
The midsize business jet has now received approval from the UK airport's operations and control department for landings and departures.
To fly in and out of London City, an aircraft and flightcrew must demonstrate proficiency in the steep-angle, 5.5° approach and must be able to operate from the airport's short runway - 1,320m (4,330ft) for landing and 1,200m for take-off. The jet must also meet strict noise standards.
The N-registered demonstration aircraft arrived in Geneva last night, captained by Gulfstream pilots Brett Rundle and Earl Leonard, having flown from Savannah via Gander, Luton and London City.
The G150 successfully completed its first flight on 3 May 2005, and was simultaneously certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel on 7 November 2005.
The G150 offers the longest range and fastest speed in its class. Powered by two Honeywell TFE731-40AR engines, the G150 can reach speeds of up to Mach 0.85 and altitudes of 45,000ft, well above commercial traffic and weather.
At a long-range cruise speed of M0.75, the G150 can fly four passengers non-stop up to 5,460km (2,950nm) - farther than any other aircraft in its class. The G150 easily connects cities such as New York to Los Angeles, London to Moscow, or Rio de Janeiro to Santiago.
The G150 also has a comfortable cabin and its unique oval cabin cross section offers more seated headroom than any of its competitors. With a choice of three cabin configurations, the G150 accommodates six to nine passengers and features ample aisle space and generous legroom and headroom when seated.
G150 owners can choose from a variety of fine leathers, upholstery fabrics, wood finishes and floor coverings.
The fully equipped flightdeck features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, which includes Gulfstream's signature cursor control device. The Safe Flight automatic throttle system provides continuous thrust management during take-off, climb, cruise, descent, approach, landing and go-around flight modes.
The optional Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System generates actual, real-time images of the aircraft's surroundings using an infrared camera mounted in the nose of the aircraft.