GULFSTREAM INTRODUCES PLANEBOOK™
A Fully Integrated Electronic Document Manager, PlaneBook™ Provides G550 and GIV/GIV-SP Pilots Immediate Access to Critical Flight Information
SAVANNAH, Ga., Sept. 24, 2007 - Gulfstream introduces PlaneBook™, a portable compact electronic document manager (EDM) that provides pilots immediate access to critical flight information during flight. Tailored to an aircraft model, PlaneBook is currently available to G550 and GIV/GIV-SP operators, and will be available to G450 operators in the fourth quarter of this year. Gulfstream plans to offer PlaneBook to GV, G500, and G350 business-jet operators in 2008.
PlaneBook is a tablet computer preloaded with a complete reference library that includes the Airplane Flight Manual, Operating Manual, pilot checklist and the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH). The electronic version of the QRH, which includes emergency flight procedures, serves as the master document that links to all other documents for easy cross-referencing.
“Pilots using PlaneBook no longer have to pore through volumes of manuals because the computer tablet gives them the information they need in the fastest, most convenient way possible,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programs, engineering and test, Gulfstream. “PlaneBook provides a paperless cockpit solution for Gulfstream operators.”
The PlaneBook software was created by Gulfstream pilots and technical writers from the Gulfstream Publications department who write the various aircraft manuals. Their goal was to reduce pilot workload. With a simple point and click, pilots can bring data up on the screen whenever they need it. Outside the cockpit, PlaneBook can serve as a personal laptop during layovers.
Gulfstream developed PlaneBook in collaboration with Advanced Data Research Florida (ADR Florida), pioneer of the electronic flight bag. ADR uploads the PlaneBook software onto each PlaneBook computer, which is configured to the operator’s requirements. PlaneBook uses a Windows®-based Fujitsu FG-1610G tablet computer with 512 megabytes of RAM and a 30-gigabyte hard drive. Customers can choose to upgrade to a higher RAM speed (1 gigabyte), a larger 60-gigabyte hard drive or add a USB global positioning satellite system. Also, because PlaneBook features both wireless Internet and Bluetooth® capabilities, pilots can download the latest revisions of manuals en route to a destination.
As a result of PlaneBook’s industry standard operating system, the choice of downloadable software applications is extensive. GIV/GIV-SP operators can instantly bring their flight deck up-to-date by adding moving maps and approach charts via Jeppesen’s FliteDeck or JeppView subscriptions to their PlaneBook.
PlaneBook comes with a three-year warranty, Gulfstream Help Desk priority status and guarantee of a loaner PlaneBook if the original ever requires repairs.
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 some 1,600 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 wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350®; 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 9,100 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 82,900 people worldwide and anticipates 2007 revenues of more than $27 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.
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