Gulfstream G550

G550 Overview

Gulfstream G550

Gulfstream G550

The Gulfstream G550® large-cabin, ultra-long range business jet turned heads right from the start. Less than two weeks after it entered service, a G550 flew nonstop from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Fla., covering the 7,301 nautical mile (13,521 km) distance in 14.5 hours and setting a city pair record. In fact, it would go on to establish 40 city-pair records in its first five years of service.

This is a brawny aircraft with an international reach. Powered by enhanced Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines, the G550 has a range of 6,750 nm(12,501 km) at Mach 0.80 and a high-speed cruise capability of Mach 0.87. With its long legs, the G550 easily links Washington, D.C., with Dubai, London with Singapore and Tokyo with Paris.

As you might expect, the G550 is equipped with the GulfstreamPlaneView® cockpit, the most advanced flight deck in business aviation. Based on the Honeywell Primus Epic® architecture and display system, the PlaneView cockpit presents critical flight information on 14-inch (36 cm)liquid crystal displays arranged for easy interpretation.

The PlaneView cockpit is brimming with Gulfstream’s latest avionics achievements: the first fully synchronous triple Flight Management System (FMS), the Gulfstream Signature Cursor Control Device (CCD), which improves the way that pilots interact with the PlaneView avionics; then there’s the latest in Head-Up Display technology integrated with the next-generation Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II™, which captures pictures of the environment and presents the pilot with a clear picture of runway markings, taxiways and surrounding terrain at night or in the worst weather conditions. Gulfstream was the first business jet manufacturer to certify an optional synthetic vision system on the G550. The optionalSynthetic Vision – Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) adds to the enhanced situational awareness even in zero visibility conditions.

The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, and a choice of 12 floor plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers. Maintaining contact with the home office is easy thanks to a host of standard communication features: A fax machine, a printer, a wireless local area network and satellite communications. As an option, consider Gulfstream’s Broad Band Multi Link (BBML), which combines fast Internet connection speeds with low operating costs.

The value of this world-class airplane is readily apparent in its 6,750 nm(12,501 km) range, its best-in-class cockpit, its advanced technology, its superb warranty, and Gulfstream’s top-rated customer support network that stands ready to render assistance on six continents.

G550 Performance

When the G550® large-cabin, ultra-long-range business jet entered service in the fall of 2003, it set a new world standard for speed and range. Powered by enhanced Rolls-Royce BR710 turbo fan engines, the G550 attained a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.87 and a nonstop range of 6,750 nautical miles(12,501 km). This makes the G550 the longest-range business jet in service today.

Less than two weeks after the airplane entered service, a G550 completed a 7,301 nm (13,521 km) nonstop flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Orlando, Fla. It covered the distance in 14.5 hours, setting just one of 40 city-pair speed records the G550 would go on to establish in its first five years of service.

Thanks to improved aerodynamics and brawny Rolls-Royce turbo fan engines that produce 15,385 pounds (68.4 kN) of thrust, the G550 easily links North America with four continents. With a maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 feet (15,545 m), this ultra-long-range airplane flies far above inclement weather, turbulence and commercial traffic.

The G550 offers excellent short-field performance to provide long-range capability out of demanding airports even on hot days. With a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.885, it makes the G550 one of the fastest business jets allowing you to spend less time in the air and more time at home or in the office.

Combine New York-to-Tokyo range with a technologically advanced cockpit and a roomy and comfortable cabin, and you start to understand why the G550 is in such demand. Gulfstream’s skilled production line technicians are doing their best to whittle down the backlog of orders for the G550. By June of 2008, they had produced 200 G550/G500 series airplanes at the company’s manufacturing facility in Savannah.

You might say G550 operators know a good thing when they fly it.

G550 Technology

It began in 1999 as an advanced cockpit project. But by the time it was completed four years later, it had grown to become the Gulfstream G550® large-cabin, ultra-long-range business jet, the most technologically advanced airplane in corporate aviation.

The Gulfstream development team that collaborated with its aviation partners to create the G550 was recognized for its efforts with the 2003 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the most prestigious award in the aerospace industry.

One of the development team’s most impressive technological achievements was the PlaneView® cockpit. A unique interpretation of Honeywell’s Primus Epic® architecture and display system, the G550′s PlaneView cockpit features an integrated avionics suite with four 14-inch (36 cm) liquid crystal displays. The new system provides essential flight information to the pilots on displays that are considerably larger than those on competing avionics systems. Not only do they reduce the pilots’ workload, they also improve the level of situational awareness on the flight deck.

The PlaneView cockpit also presented pilots with the first fully synchronous triple Flight Management System (FMS). By using the Gulfstream Signature Cursor Control Device (CCD), pilots can interact with the FMS and the navigation map that displays the flight plan along with surrounding terrain, airways, airports, navigational aids and radar data.

Another new technological feature involved the latest in Head-Up Display (HUD) technology. Using LCD technology for unprecedented image clarity, the HUD displays flight information and guidance cues on the optical combiner in the pilot’s forward field of view. This eliminates the need for pilots to divert their attention from outside the cockpit to the instrument panel while in flight.

Using advanced infrared imaging technology, the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II™ captures images of the surrounding environment and presents the pilot with a clear picture of runway markings, taxiways and surrounding terrain at night and in deteriorating weather conditions. Not only does it significantly improve flight safety, but it also promotes greater situational awareness.

Gulfstream’s original EVS was the first vision-enhancing system to be certified by the FAA in 2001. Since that time, there are now over 400 EVS units in Gulfstream service today.

Gulfstream became the first manufacturer to certify synthetic vision under FAA Part 25 rules. The Synthetic Vision Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD)projects a digitized view of the outside world on the pilot’s primary display to give unprecedented levels of situational awareness regardless of the conditions outside.

Winning the Collier Trophy was a great honor for Gulfstream and a tribute to the engineering skill and determination of the G550 development team.

G550 Specifications


Long Range Cruise Mach 0.80
Mmo Mach 0.885
Normal Cruise Mach 0.85
Range at LRC 6,750 nm / 12,501 km
Range at Normal Cruise 6,000 nm / 11,112 km
Takeoff Distance (MTOW, SL, ISA) 5,910 ft / 1,801 m


Basic Operating 48,300 lbs / 21,909 kg
Maximum Fuel 41,300 lbs / 18,734 kg
Maximum Landing 75,300 lbs / 34,156 kg
Maximum Payload 6,200 lbs / 2,812 kg
Maximum Payload/Full fuel 1,800 lbs / 816 kg
Maximum Ramp 91,400 lbs / 41,459 kg
Maximum Takeoff 91,000 lbs / 41,278 kg
Maximum Zero Fuel 54,500 lbs / 24,721 kg

Design Standards

Engine Type RR BR710C4-11
Thrust Rating 15,835 lbs / 68.4 kN (each)
Typical Passenger Payload 8 passengers


Total Interior Length 50 ft 1 in / 15.27 m
Cabin Length 43 ft 11 in / 13.39 m
Height 6 ft 2 in / 1.88 m
Width 7 ft 4 in / 2.24 m
Cabin Volume 1,669 cu ft / 47.26 cu m
Baggage Volume (Gross) 226 cu ft / 6.40 cu m


Height 25 ft, 10 in / 7.87 m
Length 96 ft, 5 in / 29.39 m
Wingspan 93 ft, 6 in / 28.50 m