First Customer Gulfstream V Approved For RVSM Operations

First Customer Gulfstream V Approved For RVSM Operations
Four Other Customer GVs Near Approval

Asian Aerospace, Singapore, February 22, 2000 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the first customer Gulfstream V has received its Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate under Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) flight rules.

Four other GV operators who completed the required flight monitoring are awaiting formal RVSM approval. In December 1999, the Gulfstream V became the world's only ultra-long range business aircraft to receive RVSM approval.

The Gulfstream V normally flies above RVSM altitudes, but with this authorization, operators can also fly at RVSM-approved altitudes without restrictions. RVSM reduces the vertical separation between aircraft flying in different directions from 2,000 feet to 1,000 feet within the track system altitudes.

"With RVSM approval for the Gulfstream V, operators are now having their individual aircraft and crews certified to fly these tightly monitored routes," said Pres Henne, Gulfsteam's senior vice president for programs. "It is a tribute to the accuracy of the Gulfstream V altimetry systems and the high level of operational professionalism that customer approval for RVSM flight has been achieved so quickly."

The North Atlantic corridor was the first airspace to introduce RVSM restrictions at altitudes from 31,000 to 39,000 feet and it will eventually include altitudes from 29,000 to 41,000 feet. The initial RVSM routes in the Pacific are scheduled to open this month and European airspace is expected to introduce RVSM in January 2002. The Gulfstream V remains the only aircraft in its class that can fly without altitude restrictions in RVSM airspace.

"Gulfstream V operators approved for RVSM flight will have a clear advantage since air traffic controllers will have more flexibility in routing the aircraft, resulting in fewer enroute delays for passengers," said Henne.

The Gulfstream V is the world's first and most successful ultra-long range business aircraft. With 65 world and national records since its introduction into service in 1997, the Gulfstream V offers the most advanced technology available in business aircraft today. Capable of flying 6,500 nautical miles and at speeds up to Mach .885, the Gulfstream V offers a cockpit with the most sophisticated avionics suite available with the largest displays. Over 160 Gulfstream V's have been ordered, with 73 already in operational service.

NOTE TO EDITOR

Gulfstream designs, develops, manufactures and markets the world's most technologically advanced intercontinental business jet aircraft. The company has produced more than 1,160 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the aviation needs of its customers, Gulfstream offers a full range of aircraft products and services, including the Gulfstream IV-SP®, the ultra-long range Gulfstream V®, Gulfstream Shares®, Gulfstream Financial Services, Gulfstream Lease®, Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®, Gulfstream Charter Services®, Gulfstream Management Services® and Gulfstream ServiceCare®. The company employs more than 8,300 people at eight locations. Our website at www.gulfstream.com contains photos of Gulfstream aircraft and related information.

General Dynamics, which is headquartered in Falls Church, Va., has leading market positions in shipbuilding and marine systems, land and amphibious combat systems, information systems, and business aviation. The corporation employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and has annualized sales of approximately $10 billion. More information about the company can be found at www.generaldynamics.com.

 

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