Posted on October 20th, 2010
Gulfstream showed the finished Gulfstream G650 cabin this week at the NBAA Convention static display at DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta. The full interior is in G650 flight-test aircraft S/N 6004, which, besides being used for certification trials, will be used to shake out the cabin itself. At 8 feet 2 inches wide and 53 feet 7 inches long, it is 14 inches wider and 2 feet longer than the G550 cabin, not to mention 28 percent more cabin volume than its sibling. The G650 has 16 windows in the distinctive horizontal oval shape, but they are 16-percent larger than those in the G550 and raised 3.4 inches for optimum viewing by seated passengers. Standard cabin equipment includes two electrically articulated seats with heated back and base cushion. A divan in S/N 6004 is more couch-like and has one-touch, electrically actuated berthing. Also new in the G650 is the company’s own Gulfstream Cabin Management System, which provides digital control of cabin systems through touch-screens, capacitive touch switches and passenger control units. Using an iPod Touch synched to a particular aircraft seat, passengers will be able to control the lighting, temperature, speakers, monitors, entertainment equipment, window shades, CabinView system and flight attendant call. The $64.5 million G650 will enter service in 2012.