FAA Approves SafeFlight Throttle System On Gulfstream G150





FAA Approves SafeFlight Throttle System On Gulfstream G150

By Daniel Baxter


Gulfstream G150

October 29, 2009 – Safe Flight’s Enhanced AutoPower automatic throttle system has been certified by the FAA for the Gulfstream G150 business jet. The addition of AutoPower will enhance the G150’s already claimed Best-in-Class Performance, extending the record-breaking range while increasing passenger comfort and aircraft safety. Safe Flight’s full-regime automatic throttle system is available to G150 owners as a production option from the factory as well as a retrofit option on the existing G150 fleet.  

Safe Flight’s ATS on the Gulfstream G150 will provide continuous thrust management during takeoff, climb, cruise, descent, approach and landing phases of flight as well as for go-around. Fully integrated with existing avionics displays and controls, AutoPower features precision smooth speed and power control modes. AutoPower components include a dedicated computer, two mode status display monitors and a modified throttle quadrant that includes the drive units and engage and disengage switches.


All this capability will result in a seamless upgrade and significant cockpit enhancement. The certification of AutoPower on the G150 marks yet another milestone for Safe Flight’s developments in Automatic Throttle Systems. Since pioneering the first ATS system in 1956, AutoPower systems and components from Safe Flight have demonstrated unprecedented reliability on more than 9,000 corporate, commercial and military aircraft. The G150 AutoPower system is the first mid-cabin, full-regime Automatic Throttle System available to the market.  

The wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150 is the fastest mid-size business jet in the world today. To create this unique, continental-range, eight-passenger aircraft, Gulfstream's G150 development team worked to provide the longest range at the fastest speed while enabling short takeoff distances from demanding airports. In fact, Gulfstream delivered the G150 with more range and shorter takeoff and landing distances than what was originally promised. Gulfstream has a tradition of not only meeting, but exceeding our customer's expectations.  

The outstanding performance of the G150 is the result of superior aerodynamic design and efficient Honeywell engines. These TFE731-40AR engines have an increased thrust of 4,420 pounds each for good performance from hot and high airports. Think Aspen in summer. Or Toluca virtually anytime. These advanced engines also meet the stringent Stage 4 noise regulations. 

With its improved aerodynamic profile and its more powerful engines, the new Gulfstream G150 has posted impressive numbers since going into service. In the first two years of service, the G150 has set 10 world city-pair speed records including New York to California, California to Hawaii, and from Aspen to New York. 

The G150 can reach a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.85 and climb in steps to a ceiling of 45,000 feet, well above commercial traffic and weather. At its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.75, it can whisk four passengers some 2,950 nautical miles. At Mach 0.80, the G150 can fly four passengers 2,600 nautical miles in less than six hours. With this range and at this speed, Gulfstream's first true mid-size jet easily links New York with Los Angeles, London with Gander, Sao Paulo with Caracas and Cairo with Delhi.

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