Aircraft manufacturers from across the globe pulled out all the stops in displaying their aircraft at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow last month. Aviation giants like Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream, and many others all showcased the best of the best in their line up of various size, type, and model jets. One, in particular, stood out from the crowd. The tiniest and dare we say most affordable in Gulfstream’s arrangement, the G280 super mid-size jet is remarkably powerful, fuel-efficient and surprisingly roomy too.
The original conceptualization for the G280 occurred as the result of a combined effort on the parts of Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in 2005. At the time, the design was intended to follow up Gulfstream’s G200 aka the IAI Galaxy and was to be called the G250. Planned ameliorations upon the previous G200 concept were for the G250 to feature a new glass cockpit, an improved engine performance, larger wings, and heated leading edges. The G250 took off on its initial test flight in Tel Aviv, Israel in December of 2009. Later, in 2011, the G250’s name was changed to reflect a sequence of numbers that were less culturally subversive, making the G250 the G280.
Following a successful test protocol, the Gulfstream G280 specifications included a range of 3,600 nmi at Mach 0.80 while carrying up to four passengers. The G280 was awarded full certification from both Israel and the United States in September of 2012.
Beyond the jet’s impressive performance specs, the aircraft features several innovations, like an extensive cabin length, a new engine, an advanced T-tail design with larger horizontal and vertical stabilizers, and convenient access from the cabin into the cargo hold.
While the aircraft’s exterior is sleek and aerodynamic, the G280’s spacious interiors are reflective of a zen-like atmosphere. The jet’s 19 oval-shaped windows allow for natural light to fall across the entirety of the cabin’s full 25 feet in length and delivers breathtaking viewpoints to the jet’s passengers. In the trademark Gulfstream style, fresh air is circulated throughout the cabin, while the pressurization is set to a lower altitude allowing for more breathability. This, in turn, allows for passengers to refresh and rejuvenate while in flight, and ultimately sees them arrive rested and relaxed at their final destinations.
Three select floor configurations create an opportunity for owners and operators to customize the cabin design to improve the functional purpose of the flight be it for work, entertainment, rest or a combination of all three. Every G280 is intended to highlight the owner’s sense of style.
The executive class jet has accommodation for as many as 10 corporate travelers, with various configurations crafting opportunities to uniquely work, eat and sleep. Retractable tables installed between seats make it easy to conduct business while in flight and the lavish leather seats, as well as comfortable fabric-covered, divans allow travelers to rest in between business calls, and in-flight movies. The jet has a fully functional lavatory and a gallery featuring stone countertops.
Travelers can execute autonomous control over managing temperature, lighting, monitors and entertainment systems while inflight via Gulfstream’s Cabin Management System. The CMS integrates fingertip control through an iPod touch to adjust various system settings. Passengers can further exhibit control over their comfort by downloading an app to their Apple iPhone and other devices that will adjust the position of their seats.
A comprehensive entertainment system features dual Blu-ray DVD players and high-definition monitors. High-speed connectivity is taken to the ultimate level with Gulfstream’s signature CabinView. CabinView is an integrated systems program that which delivers a web page format to track flight progress, map geographic partitions and check out points of interest.
The G280 flight deck includes state of the art Gulfstream PlaneView280 avionics as well as what has become an industry standard for Gulfstream produced aircraft, auto braking, and autothrottle technologies. The cutting-edge automated braking system permits a more rapid reaction time versus pilot response and can apply an instantaneous maximum braking force should specific circumstances apply.
The tiny jet is powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan engines, with 7,624 lb each. The G280 has an unprecedented climb capability. At maximum takeoff weight (MTOW), the jet requires 210 feet less runway projection, which means long-range flights in the G280 can effectively take off from shorter airfields. Additionally, as the G280 can climb to 43,000 feet in less than 20 minutes, the jet has a best in class fuel efficiency, consuming 12 percent less fuel than any comparable jet in its mid-sized class.
And, last but definitely not least impressive, the Gulfstream G280 sells for less than 25 million. Yes, that’s a hell of a lot more than pocket change for most, but when compared with various other aircraft in its class, the G280 is the most powerful and impressive jet aircraft you can buy for so little.
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