Gulfstream Introduces New G350 Business Jet Aircraft

GULFSTREAM INTRODUCES NEW G350 BUSINESS JET AIRCRAFT
Large-cabin, Mid-range Gulfstream G350 Offers Largest Cabin, Unsurpassed Performance and More Standard Features than Any Aircraft in Its Class

SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb. 23, 2004 – Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today the introduction of its newest large-cabin, mid-range business jet aircraft. The new Gulfstream G350, which will include Gulfstream's exclusive PlaneView™ cockpit, will offer customers the most cabin volume, the best performance and the largest number of standard features compared to any aircraft in its class.

"With its competitive price and performance points, we are confident the G350 will appeal to business jet customers, especially those who previously may not have considered a Gulfstream in their business case," said Bryan Moss, president, Gulfstream. "When you look at the entire aircraft – its range, performance, number of standard features, product support and price – the G350 offers exceptional value."

Gulfstream expects to receive certification of the G350 by the Federal Aviation Administration in the fourth quarter of this year, while the first customer delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2005.

Commonality and Differences between the G350 and G450
Very similar in design to its sister ship, the large-cabin, long-range G450, the G350 was developed for aircraft owners and operators who don't require the G450's long-range capability, but who do desire the same spacious cabin, unmatched reliability and outstanding level of product support.

The G450, which was introduced this past October at the National Business Aviation Association's Annual Meeting and Convention, shares with the G350 the same physical dimensions, flight control systems, engines and space in the cabin and baggage area. Like the G450, the new mid-range G350 features the advanced PlaneView flight deck, the Honeywell Primus Epic® avionics architecture, an updated Honeywell 36-150 APU, and numerous upgraded systems, including electrical power and environmental control systems. Additionally, because the G350 and G450 cockpit are virtually identical, the G350 pilot type rating will be the same as the G450 pilot type rating.

At a different price and performance point, the G450 meets the travel requirements of frequent, transcontinental travelers. In addition to increased range, the G450 offers greater outfitting flexibility and more premium standard features, including the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System, the Honeywell Head-Up Display and a number of in-cabin electronic and communication systems.

Technology
Like the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450, the G350 features the exclusive PlaneView cockpit. Initially developed for the ultra-long-range G550 / G500, PlaneView has the distinction of being the most advanced flight deck available in commercial aviation today. Developed by Gulfstream, PlaneView is the product of years of experience in developing cutting-edge technology for improved pilot situational awareness and safety.

An integrated avionics suite, PlaneView features four large 14-inch liquid crystal displays in landscape format – the first cockpit to incorporate this type of display. The unique implementation of Honeywell's Primus Epic architecture and display system provides substantially more display area than previous six-display designs while reducing the overall volume and weight of the equipment. The PlaneView flight deck, which incorporates elegant human interface design, is a clean, flexible and concise system of flight, navigation and system displays. The pilot's scan of the expansive display area finds flight and navigation data in logical and familiar locations, resulting in increased situational awareness and reduced workload.

Unlike the flight decks in competitive aircraft, PlaneView includes a fully synchronous triple Flight Management System (FMS). Using the Gulfstream signature Cursor Control Device (CCD), another first of its kind, pilots can integrate the FMS and the display map, producing true graphical flight planning. The integrated navigation map displays the flight plan along with terrain, airways, airports, navigational aids and radar data. The CCD also provides the natural interface for display selection, configuration, checklist and other functions. For pilots who prefer direct interface with flight controls, they can opt for traditional dedicated controls that have been retained.

Also available as optional equipment on the G350 are the next-generation Visual Guidance System, Honeywell Head-Up Display (HUD) and the exclusive Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System. Incorporated within the PlaneView architecture, the HUD information and guidance cues allow the pilot to easily control the aircraft without the need to look down at the instrument panel. Not just an additional primary flight display, the HUD displays images from the Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System (EVS), the first of its kind to receive FAA certification. Also designed to integrate seamlessly within the PlaneView flight deck, the EVS, by way of the HUD, displays a clear picture of runway markings, taxiways and the landscapes in poor weather and at night for greater situational awareness. The usefulness of this advanced infrared imaging technology has led the FAA to revise its flight rules to include the use of EVS as a tool for determining safe landing approaches.

Cabin Comfort
With the PlaneView flight deck came smaller avionics components that took up less space in the cockpit and cabin. One foot longer than the GIV/G400/G300 cockpit, the G350 cockpit has the increased comfort and usable workspace. Additionally, Gulfstream relocated avionics equipment forward of the cabin door to improve access to the cabin and create more usable space for passengers.

At more than 40 feet long, the G350 cabin can accommodate up to 16 passengers in three distinctive seating areas and has ample room in its baggage compartment for hanging garment bags, oversized luggage and promotional materials. The three-living-area design and spaciousness of the cabin allow for passengers to dine while others can work or nap with minimal disturbance and without having to reconfigure the furniture.

Additionally, the G350 floor plan has the galley and lavatory conveniently located at the rear of the aircraft; however, customers can select between five optional floor plans – two with aft galley configurations and three with forward galley configurations. Customers also can select an optional forward lavatory and refreshment area for the flight crew.

G350 passengers, especially those on long flights, will appreciate Gulfstream's unique cabin environment. With ample natural light streaming through 12 heated signature oval windows, 100 percent fresh air, a cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, and three temperature zones to optimize the cabin climate, passengers who regularly fly other types of business jet aircraft will notice the difference.

Performance
The performance leader, the G350 offers the most generous payload, the fastest long-range cruise speed and the longest range available in its class. Additionally, because the G350 requires the shortest distance necessary to take off, smaller airports with shorter runways are accessible.

Powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8C engines, each producing 13,850 pounds of thrust, the G350 can fly 3,800 nautical miles nonstop. That means it can fly nonstop from the U.S. to the European continent 100 percent of the time. Additionally, the G350 can climb to an initial cruise altitude of 41,000 feet in just 20 minutes and take off from a 5,000-foot runway with a full load of fuel and eight passengers onboard.

Manufactured by Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Germany, the enhanced Tay 611 engine was certified by the LBA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) in December 2002. It features a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), improved larger diameter fan, a modified high-pressure turbine and a new bypass/core mixer. These improvements have resulted in reduced fuel burn, increased operating margins, increased thrust for improved takeoff and climb performance, and extensions of maintenance intervals to 6,000 hours midlife and 12,000 hours for full overhaul.

Product Support
Backed by award-winning superior product support, the G350 is destined to experience a similar dispatch reliability rate as Gulfstream's GIV/GIV-SP legacy aircraft, which today still leads the industry with a dispatch reliability rate of 99.7 percent. Gulfstream aircraft owners can choose from five Gulfstream service centers in the United States – Long Beach, Calif.; Dallas, Appleton, Wis.; Savannah, Ga.; and Brunswick, Ga. – as well as a service center in Luton, England, just north of London. Additionally, General Dynamics Aviation Services' five maintenance centers – located in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Dallas, Westfield, Mass., and West Palm Beach, Fla. – are certified to perform maintenance on the entire Gulfstream fleet. Gulfstream also has another 11 authorized service centers located throughout the world on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica.

Gulfstream's industry-exclusive Airborne Product Support is available to G350 owners. Launched in May 2002, Airborne Product Support features a dedicated mid-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G100 jet that can deliver flight-essential parts and /or technicians to warrantied Gulfstream customers in North American and the Caribbean.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 1,400 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the mid-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G100™; the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G300™; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350™; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G400™; the large-cabin, long-range G450™; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500™ and the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550™. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 6,750 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 67,600 people worldwide and had 2003 revenue of $16.6 billion. The company has leading market positions in mission-critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation. More information about the company can be found on the World Wide Web at www.generaldynamics.com.

 

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