Gulfstream’s new super midsize G280 boasts the longest range, fastest cruise speed, and most spacious cabin in its category.
The direct descendant of the G200 (the renamed Astra Galaxy acquired when Gulfstream purchased Galaxy Aerospace from Israeli Aircraft Industries in 2001),
the G280 features a redesigned transonic wing, new engines and enhanced cabin design and furnishings, while its ovoid fuselage provides more headroom than a G-IV.
Introduced in 2008, the G280 first flew in December 2009, with full FAA certification awarded in September 2012.
Gulfstream G-280 Performance
Unlike the G200, all fuel tanks are in the wings of the G280, creating more usable cabin space and providing in-flight access to the 154-cubic-foot baggage compartment.
Three basic cabin layouts are available in eight-, nine- and 10-passenger configurations, including double-club, and club with half-club opposite a three-place, side-facing aft divan.
The modular design of the updated galley provides increased stowage space and can be outfitted with espresso maker and microwave or convection oven. Nineteen cabin windows provide
ample natural light, while interior LED lighting provides cool, efficient, and long-lasting artificial illumination. The G280’s lavatory is almost twice as
wide as its predecessor’s and features a wardrobe closet, two windows and a vacuum toilet system. The aircraft also features Gulfstream’s “100 percent
fresh air system,” and the Honeywell environmental control and cabin pressurization system keeps the cabin altitude at 7,000 feet while cruising at Flight Level 450.
For in-flight entertainment, 17-inch flat panel cabin displays are standard, and options found aboard include an Iridium satcom system and HD-TV.
Gulfstream G-280 Design
Powered by two quiet Honeywell HTF7250G high-efficiency turbofans rated at 7,445 pounds thrust each, the redesigned transonic wing allows the aircraft to comfortably use
5,000 ft. runways with a full load, and the G280 can climb to 41,000 feet in just 20 minutes. Up front, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion PlaneView280 cockpit,
with three high-resolution 15-inch LCD displays, brings the PlaneView avionics suite used in large cabin Gulfstreams from the G350 to the G650 down to the super mid-size market.
The advanced flight deck reduces pilot workload and improves situational awareness, while optional HUD II heads-up guidance systems and Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS II)
enhance the G280’s capabilities in low visibility conditions. An autobraking system, a first for the midsize market, further enhances safety and comfort while reducing brake wear.
As to why this model breaks with the Gulfstream convention of numbering models by increments of 100s and 50s and Roman numerals: The design was originally named the G250,
but that number is deemed inauspicious in China, where need for such an aircraft is high, so Gulfstream simply changed the model designation to the G280 during development.
With its transoceanic range, large, comfortable cabin and advanced flight deck, by any name the G280 significantly ups the standards for the super midsize jet category.