NBAA—ORLANDO, Fla., 21 Oct. 2014. GE Aviation is supplying the data concentration and network, advanced power management system, and advanced health management system to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for the G500/G600 business jet aircraft.
“This is the first business jet application of an integrated data network incorporating multiple aircraft systems,” says Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics & Digital Systems for GE Aviation. “We announced the first health management system for business jets with the G650 and we’re excited to bring these advanced systems to the G500/G600.”
The data concentration and network for the G500/G600 builds on GE’s core computing system from the Boeing 787 and is a new offering for business jets. The system provides a configurable integrated data network (analog, digital via multiple communication protocols) for the aircraft and offers a way to seamlessly connect avionics and utility functions. Using GE’s tool suite, the data concentration and network system can be rapidly re-configured, enabling efficient integration and reducing cost of change over the life of the airplane, officials explain.
The power management system for the G500/G600 will build on the G650 secondary power system including GE’s modular power tile technology, while adding primary power distribution and reducing wiring and utility function controllers. The integration of the power system provides a flexible composition and reduces integration risk, officials say, adding that aircraft manufacturers achieve more control through a configurable software application.
The advanced health management system builds on GE’s technology that powers Gulfstream’s PlaneConnectHTM (Health & Trend Monitoring) system on the G650. The system will include enhanced compute monitoring of more than 9,000 parameters with real-time communications through satellite, Wi-Fi transmission, and 3G/cellular.
The G500 entry-into-service is anticipated for 2018. The G600 is slated to enter service in 2019.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE:GE), is a provider of jet, turboprop, and turboshaft engines, components, and integrated systems for commercial, military, business, and general aviation aircraft.