The Gulfstream 200 was one of the first in the Gulfstream series jets that would become a top competitor in the super-midsize private jets category.
Manufactured by Galaxy Aerospace Corp, a division of Israel Aviation Industries (IAI), is a major contender in the private jet category with the Gulfstream 200 and the more
recent G450 and G550. The Gulfstream 200 has all the desired characteristics of a private jet: great range, cabin size, and speed and as such is an ideal jet for long-range missions comfort.
The cabin can be configured to hold between 8 and 19 seats in a space of 24.4 feet in length, 7.2 feet width and 6.3 feet in height. Options include radio phone, entertainment systems, interior design upgrades,
with standard power outlets available for office equipment, and power outlets for all passengers. The 125 cubic feet of baggage space in an external compartment carries up to 2,400 pounds.
Since it has been designed in the extreme temperatures of Israel, it can easily cool down the cabin to 75º F on a 113º F day. The cabin and the cockpit have separate climate controls, and
provides the passengers continually with fresh air.
Gulfstream G-200 Engines
Two Pratt & Whitney PW306A engines power the Gulfstream 200, each flat rated to 6,040 pounds of thrust, similar to the PW305 engines used successfully on the Learjet 60 and the
Hawker 1000 with the same high standards of performance, but with 785 more pounds of thrust.
Gulfstream G-200 Performance
The Gulfstream 200 can climb directly to an altitude of 37,000 feet in 19 minutes. For a long range cruise it travels at 430 knots at an altitude of 41,000 feet; for a
high speed cruise it travels at 476 knots (.82 Mach) at 39,000 feet. The cabin is rated to 8.9 psi, to maintain a sea level cabin at 23,000 feet, or an 8,000 foot cabin at its
maximum flight level of 45,000 feet. With a range of 3,910 miles (3,400 nautical miles), the Gulfstream 200 is ideal for long-range transcontinental or transoceanic missions.
Gulfstream G-200 Airframe
The airframe was designed to be as aerodynamic as possible with the help of 3-D computer-aided structural analysis programs. The main structures are made out of aluminum alloys,
titanium, and steel; composites are used for some secondary structures. Fuel is stored in three fuel tanks – one on each wing and one in the belly of the aircraft.
The fuel levels of the three tanks are automatically equalized by gravity interconnect valves.
Gulfstream G-200 Load
The heavy load of the wings makes the Gulfstream 200 fly evenly in all conditions. A long-travel trailing link landing gear smoothes out taxiing and landings, using hydraulically
powered carbon anti-skid brakes and a 100º pivot radius of the nose wheel for excellent ground handling.
The required runway distance for takeoff at sea level is 6,083 feet with standard loading, or 6,342 feet when loaded to maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 35,450 pounds.
At 5,000 feet of altitude and a temperature of 77 º F, the takeoff distance increases to 9,800 feet.
Gulfstream G-200 Avionics
Galaxy Aerospace Corp selected the Collins Pro Line 4 avionics suite with a central EICAS (Engine Indicator and Crew Alert System) screen is surrounded by 4 smaller screens
displaying flight and systems information. Standard devices include dual ARINC 429 Pro Line Communication/Navigation/Identification radios with dual DMEs and ADEs,
a single AlliedSignal GNS-X/EX FMS (Flight Management System), a WXR-840 solid-state weather radar diagnostic computer, digital autopilot, digital air data and attitude/heading
reference system. Most other optional equipment can be added if desired.
Gulfstream G-200 Success
The Gulfstream 200 is an unqualified success for a new model super midsize private jet that can fly 8 passengers 3,680 miles (3,200 nautical miles) at .80 Mach with an
unusually high level of reliability and the entire private jet industry was taken by surprise, while it continues to perform at such high standards of excellence.