Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine
Unconventional, above and beyond all definition
From down on the ground, to up in the sky. In flight. Our notion of what is considered modern is rapidly changing. This was clear for all to see at ABACE 2019 (Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition), held at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, the ideal hub between Asia, advancing China and the rest of the world for exploring all the magmatic potential of business aviation, and the ideal stage, therefore, for Gulfstream which, with 335 aircraft already in service in the Asian-Pacific area (12% of the world fleet), focused on the G650ER flagship, with a range of 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 km and long-range cruising speed of Mach 0.85 and 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90. Super performance: from New York to Shanghai in 13 hours and 40 minutes or Singapore to San Francisco in 13 hours and 37 minutes. With an optimal configuration of 8 passengers (extendible to 18), the aircraft has a spacious cabin enhanced by 16 oval windows to create an atmosphere of relaxation, Cabin Management System (GCMS) to control lights, temperature and monitor by smartphone App, and a flight deck with touch screens, sidesticks and Intelligence-by-Wire™ technology. The Cessna Citation Latitude, instead, offers a maximum range of 3,107 nm and a speed of 506 miles an hour; information management and flight planning is performed on three 14-inch landscape displays, which can function independently as a primary flight display or multifunction display. The Garmin™ Synthetic Vision Technology™ (SVT) enhances pilots' situational awareness by creating a virtual depiction of obstacles and traffic, even in a solid IFR or nighttime VFR conditions, for maximum safety. The spacious interiors of its cabin hold a maximum of 9 passengers. The Falcon 8X from Dassault needs no presentation. A business jet that
continues Falcon traditions of performance, efficiency, flexibility and fluid comfort, it has a silent, luminous cabin, cockpit with new-generation EASy flight deck with optional wide-screen head-up display, integrating enhanced and synthetic vision, together with a Honeywell next-generation 3D colour weather radar system with enhanced turbulence detection capability. It features the revolutionary Dassault FalconEye Combined Visual System, the first civil head-up display with enhanced and synthetic vision, and FalconConnect, an integrated in-flight connectivity service. The powerful force of the three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D turbofans deliver 5% more thrust while lowering fuel consumption. The aircraft has a range of 6,450 miles (11,945 km) and exceptional short-range performance (it can access 500 more airports in the US alone, compared to its competitors), shortening even transoceanic routes. The Dassault Falcon 7X, instead, flies 5,950 miles (11,019 km) and features a soundproofed fuselage housing three spacious lounge areas flanked by 28 windows, with Digital Flight Control system inherited from jet fighters, and considerable flexibility on landing (stopping in 2,070 feet, 630 m) with a “slow” approach speed of only 104 knots (193 km/h). The two PW535E Pratt & Whitney Canada turbofans each deliver 3,360 pounds of thrust, up to 45,000 feet (13,716 m). The Embraer Phenom 300 is the best-selling light business jet in the world for the 7th year running (General Aviation Manufacturers Association, GAMA, report). It features a spacious cabin with personalised design,
Bluetooth connectivity for on-board information and audio and video on demand via special displays, distinct temperature zones for pilots and passengers (best pressurization among light jets, 6,600 ft. maximum cabin altitude), diffused lighting, wardrobe, luggage compartment, refreshment point, widened aisle for enhanced relaxation, Embraer DNA ergonomic seats and a high-tech panel running along the central line of the ceiling with interactive controls. The two Honeywell HTF7500E turbofans, instead, allow the Embraer The Legacy 500 to take off, with four passengers, from runways as short as 4,084 feet, with a range of 3,125 nautical miles (5,787 km), non-stop from Los Angeles to Honolulu, or from Teterboro to London, reaching an altitude of 45,000 feet (in the configuration of 8-12 seats) and demonstrating excellent versatility and range on medium- and long-range flights. The cabin is equipped with the high-tech Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion avionics suite, four 15-inch displays for graphical flight planning, and comfortable and elegant interiors, HD in-flight entertainment, reclining swivel seats, which can be converted into four beds, well-equipped kitchen and large luggage area. Heir to glorious Swiss traditions (the legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6), together with innovation and reliability, is the Pilatus PC-24 was designed to be the first business jet in the world to use short, unpaved runways and grass strips, giving it access to 21,000 runways that other jets cannot use. With two Williams FJ44-4A turbofans, each producing 3,420 pounds of thrust, this aircraft, made mostly of aluminium, promises to offer the cabin space and comfort (with 6-8-10 seats) of a mid-size jet at the price of a light jet. The ergonomic layout of the cockpit, combined with the Advanced Cockpit Environment ACETM Honeywell-powered avionics suite, four 12-inch displays and Pilatus software, provide excellent situational awareness, but its versatility is its most important feature, which has been certified by both FAA and EASA. From its facilities in Broomfield (Colorado, USA) and Adelaide (Australia) to Buochs Airfield (CH), around the world, the sky's routes are infinite, like those of research.