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  1. 1. NonstopBy Gulfstream Sir Michael KadoorieHong Kong’s Aviation Visionary PlaneAdvantage Ultimate Training for Gulfstream Pilots Snow Polo Lands in China Monterey Square Exploring Old Savannah Denting the Sound BarrierThe Amazing Physics of the New G650 ISSUE 1 2011 NonstopByGulfstreamDENTINGTHESOUNDBARRIER|SIRMICHAELKADOORIE|PLANEADVANTAGETRAINING|SNOWPOLOINCHINA|EXPLORINGOLDSAVANNAHISSUE12011 GULF.ss11.cover_gulf.indd 1 9/12/11 10:53 AM
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  4. 4. 20 Hong Kong’s Aviation Visionary Sir Michael Kadoorie pioneered business jets in Hong Kong in a unique collaboration with Gulfstream. 28 Denting the Sound Barrier The Gulfstream G650 achieves a sustained speed that no other aircraft can touch—flying at 90 percent of the speed of sound for a distance of 5,000 nautical miles. 34 A Passage to India From high tech to high fashion to high-flying Gulfstream airplanes, Bangalore attracts them all. 46 Monterey Square One of Savannah’s original squares, it epitomizes the warmth and sophistication of our hometown. 54 Snow Polo Lands in China With a little help from Gulfstream, a wintry version of the Sport of Kings is flourishing in Tianjin. 42 The Next Level of Pilot Training The PlaneAdvantage program lets pilots experience the huge safety margins built into every Gulfstream jet. NonstopBy Gulfstream issue 1 2011 Features Cover: Paul Bowen This page: John Dibbs 2 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.toc.indd 2 9/12/11 10:33 AM
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  6. 6. 6 Ready for Takeoff The economic center of gravity is shifting eastward, with implications for global business. 8 Contributors Meet the “A-Team,” the world’s best in aviation, journalism and photography. 10 Outside Your Window Gulfstream’s newest aircraft, the G650 and G280, racing toward certification, glow in a Savannah sunset. 12 Nonstop News A green milestone for the G450 … the unstop- pable Jenny Rogers … celebrating the 300th G550 … and more. 16 On the Road … to Bangalore Traveling around the world by Gulfstream, the author muses on the globally connected cabin. 60 Stick and Rudder Gulfstream’s enhanced vision technology led the industry—and led the FAA to write a new safety rule. 62 The Business of Flying Here are the top five considerations in financing a business jet. 64 Leading Edge The iPad cometh. Gulfstream and FlightSafety go paperless. 66 Tool Kit Gulfstream product support news and more. 72 Three Green What if corporate PR departments extolled the benefits of business aviation? NonstopBy Gulfstream issue 1 2011 463410 4 Nonstop By Gulfstream Departments GULF.ss11.toc.indd 4 9/12/11 10:33 AM
  7. 7. Delivering the highest quality engine care and service is our business, and has made CorporateCare the world leader of business jet engine maintenance programs. It protects against unforeseen costs and gives peace of mind that unscheduled events are covered anywhere in the world. A fact recognised in more than just words. Aircraft enrolled in CorporateCare have higher asset values. Choose CorporateCare and you choose certainty. For more on CorporateCare, contact Steve Friedrich, Vice President – Sales & Marketing, at +1 (703) 834-1700, Trusted to deliver excellence Choosing a certain future with CorporateCare With CorporateCare® you can be confident you’ve made the right choice 005_GULF_FALL11.indd 1 8/30/11 3:31 PM
  8. 8. This chart pretty much sums up the worldwide economic transformations we are experi- encing. It was created by professor Danny Quah of the London School of Economics. The chart shows the shift in world income over the last 30 years (black dots) and the projected shift over the next 30 (red dots). The math is complicated, but the implications are easy. Wealth is shifting eastward at a rapid pace, and worldwide wealth is becoming more regionally distributed. Welcome to the new world of Gulfstream, which this magazine will try to convey. We see this trend at work every day—with about 70 percent of our sales recently outside of America, and half of those in Asia. That is why we are dedicating this first issue largely to an exploration of our Asian markets and the fascinating customers we meet there. Future issues will cover the globe. The world of Gulfstream is a world in motion—a nonstop, 24/7 world, where leaders cross time zones (and cultures) like New York pedestrians cross city blocks. Planet Gulfstream is an environment so rarefied that no other publication on earth describes it. It is an exclusive club of fascinating world leaders in business and other fields. We would call them movers and shakers, but, of course, in a Gulfstream they are never shaken, though frequently stirred by the incredible performance of their aircraft. We want to share our world (your world) with you. So fly with us in these pages. And come behind the scenes with former Flying magazine editor J. Mac McClellan and other experts, who explain how Gulfstream stays at the forefront of aviation. Welcome to our Nonstop world. Larry R. Flynn President Gulfstream Aerospace { ready for takeoff } 6 Nonstop By Gulfstream The world of Gulfstream is a world in rapid motion NonstopBy Gulfstream Editorial Director Jeff Miller Managing Editor Patty Jensen Photography Editor Matthew Stephan Consulting Editor J. Mac McClellan Contributors Sean Coughlin, Heidi Fedak, Michael Westlake Photography Kathy Almand, Paul Bowen,Terry Duthu, Beth Getman (photo archives), Colston Julian, Skip Terpstra, Graham Uden, Patrick Wack Wainscot Media Staff Editor Mark Dowden Art Director Stephen M.Vitarbo Art Assistant Patrice Horvath Editorial Assistant Allison Dalidunas-Palmer Publishing Staff Publisher Shae Marcus Account Executive Stephanie Staiano Production Director Christine Hamel Production Assistant Julia Niedzwiecki Advertising Services Director Thomas Ragusa Senior Art Director, Agency Services Kijoo Kim Accounting Amanda Albano, Agnes Alves Published by Chairman Carroll V. Dowden President Mark Dowden Senior Vice President Shannon Steitz Vice Presidents Amy A. Dowden, Rita Guarna Nonstop By Gulfstream is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. Copyright © 2011 by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. All rights reserved. editorial Inquiries: Contact Patty Jensen at 912.965.4164 or Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or aircraft sales Inquiries: Contact Larry R. Flynn at 912.965.5210 or TM Economic shift > In 30 years the global “economic center of gravity” will be on the China/India border, says a London School of Economics researcher. Nonstop By Gulfstream is printed on recycled paper. Scan this code for quick access to the Gulfstream website, where you can learn more about the entire Gulfstream fleet. GULF.ss11.editor_contrib.indd 6 9/12/11 10:56 AM
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  10. 10. { contributors } When consulting editor J. Mac McClellan heard that Gulfstream test pilots had created an advanced safety course for Gulfstream pilots, he couldn’t wait to experience the training. “Gulfstream pilots are the most experienced and well-trained in all of aviation, so what’s left to learn?” asked McClellan. It turns out the answer is plenty, as he found out flying, and then writing about, the new PlaneAdvantage professional pilot development training program. McClellan has been an aviation writer for more than 35 years and an active pilot for more than 40 years. He spent 34 years on the staff of Flying magazine, 20 of those years as editor-in- chief. He and his wife, Stancie, and English bulldog, Jake, live in Grand Haven, Mich. Photographing in and around jets presents interesting lighting challenges. Accustomed to shooting in studios, fashion pho- tographer Colston Julian quickly assessed the tricky lighting op- tions for shooting inside a G450 with only a handheld flash. His solution: shoot exterior shots in the morning and afternoon, and inside when the sun was directly overhead, providing balanced light in the cabin. Julian works between Mumbai and his studio in Toronto, shooting for fashion and lifestyle publications such as Elle, L’Officiel and Harper’s Bazaar. His corporate clients include Omega, United Colors of Benetton and Louis Vuitton. Determined and focused, yet amiable and flexible, Julian is a former competitive BMX and mountain biker. Maybe our photographers tend to be ath- letes (see Patrick Wack at right) because of all that heavy photo gear they have to carry. Paul Bowen is the doyen of aviation photography. He is credited with more than1,000 magazine covers and count- less advertising campaigns, and was selected as one of 60 professional photographers who make up Canon’s “Explorers of Light” program. From his base in Wichita, Kan., Bowen maintains a busy shooting schedule, traveling the globe in search of stunning backgrounds. He shoots from various air- planes while flying in tight forma- tion to achieve his desired shots. He is often perched in the open tail-gunner’s position of a World War II B-25 bomber, strapped in, thousands of feet up. His headset and microphone connect him to the B-25’s pilot, and the pilot relays directions to the crew of the airplane Bowen is photographing. As the target plane gets closer, he directs them with hand signals. His four coffee-table books, Air To Air, volumes I and II, Air To Air Warbirds and Air To Air Mustangs and Corsairs have gained critical acclaim, along with his annual calendar, Air To Air Warbirds. Touring the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel’s China Clipper Lounge brought fond memories to Michael Westlake. The big flying boats led to the age of the big pre-jet landplanes. “I have wonderful memories of many hours on trans-oceanic flights as an 11- and 12-year-old, but over the South Atlantic in Super G Constellations, mostly in the cockpit—my father was the captain,” he recalls. One result is his interest in navigation. “I reckon I’m one of the few people in Hong Kong who can still use a sextant, which has served me well over many years of sailing across the South China Sea.” But aviation will always come first. A journalist for 45 years, Westlake lives in Hong Kong with his wife Susana and two neurotic cats. Patrick Wack is a freelance photographer out of Shanghai doing great corporate work for companies such as Nike and Adidas, which is fitting for this former athlete.When Europeans say they play football, they usually mean the kind with a round ball, but Wack is a gridiron champion in American football. He was a wide receiver for the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane while on a one-year sojourn studying in the U.S. He played five years for the French National Football Team, was twice a champion with the Paris Flash and once with Berlin Adler in the German Football League. After two years in Berlin as an executive in the music software industry, Wack had enough of office life and headed for Shanghai to discover Asia and turn his passion for photog- raphy into a sustainable career. Touchdown Patrick! J. Mac McClellan Colston Julian Paul Bowen Michael Westlake Patrick Wack 8 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.editor_contrib.indd 8 9/12/11 10:56 AM
  11. 11. Imagine gaining the same advantages of private air travel—privacy, productivity, and matchless interior refinement—in a ground transportation solution designed to keep pace with your busy schedule. The Becker Mercedes-Benz JetVan® and Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV let you find time where others must compromise, integrating advanced communications and functionality in vehicles that set the standard for luxury, quality and discretion. Just what you’re used to in your Gulfstream jet. The Becker JetVan is a mobile business environment, available in three Mercedes-Benz chassis sizes and accom­ modating up to eight passengers. Touchpanel control by Crestron® integrates high­speed Internet, satellite TV and a suite of office and entertainment amenities, enabling you to work, conference, rest or relax. The finest leathers—including Tapis Ultraleather™ used throughout the private aviation industry—trim the interior, where hand­laid veneers, sumptuous carpets and aircraft cabin lighting create a familiar ambience. Its understated exterior, matched by environmentally­responsible powertrain options, makes the JetVan the best choice for today’s business leaders. The Becker Cadillac ESV incorporates all of the JetVan’s powerful office and entertainment features, and offers comfort unequaled by any sedan or limousine on the market. With its popular, understated styling, no other vehicles deliver so much state­of the­art technology and luxury with such discretion. Just like the advantages of corporate jet ownership, your business may qualify for a 100% first-year tax deduction on the purchase of a Becker vehicle. But act fast ... the Tax Relief Act is set to expire December 31, 2011.* Vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and General Motors. 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The finest leathers—including R O B B R E P O R T’S B E S T O F T H E B E S T Finally, ground transportation that R O B B R E P O R T’S B E S T O F T H E B E S T laid veneers, sumptuous carpets and aircraft cabin lighting create Imagine gaining the same advantages of private air travel—privacy, productivity, and matchless interior refinement—in a ground transportation solution designed to keep pace with your busy schedule. The Becker Mercedes-Benz JetVan® and Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV let you find time where others must compromise, integrating advanced communications and functionality in vehicles that set the standard for luxury, quality and discretion. Just what you’re used to in your Gulfstream jet. The Becker JetVan is a mobile business environment, available in three Mercedes-Benz chassis sizes and accom­ modating up to eight passengers. Touchpanel control by Crestron® integrates high­speed Internet, satellite TV and a suite of office and entertainment amenities, enabling you to work, conference, rest or relax. The finest leathers—including Tapis Ultraleather™ used throughout the private aviation industry—trim the interior, where hand­laid veneers, sumptuous carpets and aircraft cabin lighting create a familiar ambience. Its understated exterior, matched by environmentally­responsible powertrain options, makes the JetVan the best choice for today’s business leaders. The Becker Cadillac ESV incorporates all of the JetVan’s powerful office and entertainment features, and offers comfort unequaled by any sedan or limousine on the market. With its popular, understated styling, no other vehicles deliver so much state­of the­art technology and luxury with such discretion. Just like the advantages of corporate jet ownership, your business may qualify for a 100% first-year tax deduction on the purchase of a Becker vehicle. But act fast ... the Tax Relief Act is set to expire December 31, 2011.* Vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and General Motors. Conversions built by Becker Automotive Design, Inc. Integrated communications by Crestron® . Selected “Best of the Best” by Robb Report. ©2011 Becker Automotive Design, Inc. Finally, ground transportation that compliments your standard for air travel. Visit for a virtual tour, or call +1.805.487.5227 Delivered worldwide. *U.S. customers may be eligible for limited-time tax advantages under the 2010 Tax Relief Act, revenue code sections 179 and 168(k). R O B B R E P O R T’S B E S T O F T H E B E S T Imagine gaining the same advantages of private air travel—privacy, productivity, and matchless interior refinement—in a ground transportation solution designed to keep pace with your busy schedule. The Becker Mercedes-Benz JetVan® and Becker Cadillac Escalade ESV let you find time where others must compromise, integrating advanced communications and functionality in vehicles that set the standard for luxury, quality and discretion. Just what you’re used to in your Gulfstream jet. The Becker JetVan is a mobile business environment, available in three Mercedes-Benz chassis sizes and accom­ modating up to eight passengers. Touchpanel control by Crestron® integrates high­speed Internet, satellite TV and a suite of office and entertainment amenities, enabling you to work, conference, rest or relax. The finest leathers—including Tapis Ultraleather™ used throughout the private aviation industry—trim the interior, where hand­laid veneers, sumptuous carpets and aircraft cabin lighting create a familiar ambience. Its understated exterior, matched by environmentally­responsible powertrain options, makes the JetVan the best choice for today’s business leaders. The Becker Cadillac ESV incorporates all of the JetVan’s powerful office and entertainment features, and offers comfort unequaled by any sedan or limousine on the market. With its popular, understated styling, no other vehicles deliver so much state­of the­art technology and luxury with such discretion. Just like the advantages of corporate jet ownership, your business may qualify for a 100% first-year tax deduction on the purchase of a Becker vehicle. But act fast ... the Tax Relief Act is set to expire December 31, 2011.* Vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and General Motors. Conversions built by Becker Automotive Design, Inc. Integrated communications by Crestron® . Selected “Best of the Best” by Robb Report. ©2011 Becker Automotive Design, Inc. Finally, ground transportation that compliments your standard for air travel. Visit for a virtual tour, or call +1.805.487.5227 Delivered worldwide. *U.S. customers may be eligible for limited-time tax advantages under the 2010 Tax Relief Act, revenue code sections 179 and 168(k). R O B B R E P O R T’S B E S T O F T H E B E S T 009_GULF_FALL11.indd 1 8/31/11 4:01 PM
  12. 12. { outside your window } 10 NONSTOP BY GULFSTREAM GULF.ss11.outsidewindow.indd 10 9/12/11 10:57 AM
  13. 13. SisterShips atSunsetGulfstream’s newest aircraft, the G650 and G280, display their beauty as the sun sets on the company’s world headquarters in Savannah, Ga. Both the G650 and G280 are scheduled for type certification later this year. Photography by Skip Terpstra 11 GULF.ss11.outsidewindow.indd 11 9/12/11 10:57 AM
  14. 14. { nonstop news } 12 Nonstop By Gulfstream The Gulfstream G150 continues to bolster its international resumé. The wide-cabin, high-speed air- craft recently received type certification validations from Brazil and China, which means the business jet can be registered in both of those BRIC countries. “This reflects the growing worldwide popularity of Gulfstream aircraft,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “It also demonstrates our commitment to en- suring Gulfstream ownership continues to be a smooth and simple process, regardless of where the aircraft is registered.” The G150 can now be registered in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Euro- pean Union, Israel, the Ukraine and the United States. But that doesn’t mean the G150 is resting on its laurels. The aircraft Gulfstream introduced in 2006 is still making things happen. In fact, the jet recently added four city-pair records to its resumé, bringing the total to 14. It showcased its long legs by travel- ing the 3,196 nautical miles (5,919 km) between Anchorage, Alaska, and Savan- nah, Ga., in 7 hours and 19 minutes. Its average speed was 494 mph (795 kph). The aircraft set two additional records when it traveled from Hong Kong to Nagoya, Japan, and back again. It flew between Hong Kong and Nagoya in 3 hours and 12 minutes. It then left Nagoya for the return trip to Hong Kong, traveling 1,503 nautical miles (2,784 km) at an aver- age speed of 391.29 mph (630 kph), with headwinds of 126 mph (203 kph). The aircraft set its 14th city-pair record on a flight from Gander, New- foundland, to Geneva, Switzerland. The wide-cabin, high-speed aircraft traveled the 2,464 nautical miles (4,563 km) between the two cities in 5 hours and 6 minutes, beating the previous record by 37 minutes. The aircraft’s average cruise speed was Mach 0.80. Said Flynn, “The G150 is a mid-size workhorse.” Gulfstream G150 gets around Gulfstream says ‘Jambo,’‘Zdravstvuite’ to multilingual, multitalented Northeast sales director Jenny Rogers, a type-rated jet pilot and aero- nautical engineer, recently joined Gulfstream as a sales director covering the East Divi- sion, including New England and portions of New York, and Quebec and the Maritime provinces in Canada. Rogers held a similar position when she was based in New Jersey with Hawker Beechcraft. She has also volunteered as a tutor in a Tanzanian orphanage, using her Swahili lan- guage skills to teach residents there English and math. She speaks Russian, too. And when she’s not selling, teaching or flying, Rogers likes to enjoy the great outdoors through surfing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, walking, swimming, biking and running. All of that activity came in handy when she completed the Lake Placid Iron- man in July. “It was fantastic,” Rogers said of the event she finished in just over 14 hours. “And I loved every minute of it.” That must be why Rogers’ favorite quote is from Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never, never give up.” KathyAlmand KathyAlmand GULF.ss11.fobnews.indd 12 8/31/11 12:26 PM
  15. 15. G550 hits 300 Gulfstream recently delivered the 300th G550. The large-cabin, ultra-long-range aircraft was delivered to a Taiwanese customer and will be managed by pioneering Taiwan charter and aircraft management company, Win Air. Gulfstream celebrated the milestone at its Brunswick, Ga., service center, where the aircraft was outfitted. The G550 and its sister, the G500, were officially introduced on Sept. 9, 2002, at the National Business Aviation Association conven- tion in Orlando, Fla. The first G550 was delivered on Sept. 17, 2003. G450 goes green crossing a lot of blue Not to be outdone by the G150 and its city-pair records, the Gulfstream G450 recently set a record of its own: becoming the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic using biofuels. The Honeywell-operated aircraft flew from Morristown, N.J., to Paris using a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-based jet fuel powering one of its Rolls-Royce engines. Gulfstream worked closely with Honeywell to ensure the viability of the company’s biofuel, which comes from camelina, an inedible crop. The effort supports Gulfstream’s commit- ment to achieving the business aviation indus- try’s goals on emissions reductions, including carbon neutral growth by 2020 and a reduction in total carbon emissions of 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. PaulBowen JeffMiller 13 GULF.ss11.fobnews.indd 13 8/31/11 12:26 PM
  16. 16. The first production Gulfstream G280 is now at the Gulfstream mid-cabin Completions Center of Excellence in Dallas for outfitting and painting. Experimental test pilots flew the super-midsized G280, Serial Number 2004, from Israel Aerospace Industries, where the airframe is manufactured, to the Gulfstream facility in Dallas, where Gulfstream mid-cabin aircraft undergo final phase manufacturing. The G650 is about to follow in the G280’s jet trail, with the ultra- long-range, ultra-large-cabin aircraft poised to enter final phase manufac- turing in Savannah. Both aircraft are on track for certification in 2011, with the G280 entering service in 2011 and the G650 in 2012. Gulfstream expands R&D Gulfstream has added another facility to its growing research-and-development campus. The 253,000-square-foot Research and Development Center (RDC) III opened in January. The center features approximately 30,000 square feet of lab space, approximately 223,000 square feet of light manufacturing and warehouse space, and the potential for additional office, lab and warehouse development. Gulfstream’s Research and Development campus consists of three locations and is home to approximately 1,450 employees. Fun facts: 1. RDC III is actually the fourth RDC building. RDC II consists of two buildings: an office building and a lab facility. 2. Did you know that all of the RDC conference rooms are named after famous aviators? It’s true. Conference rooms include: Doolittle, Amelia Earhart and Lindbergh. How’s that for some aviation heritage? Found in translation Forget Yahoo’s Babelfish or Google Trans- late. Now, you can read Gulfstream’s website in five different languages without using a translation service. The full company website is available in English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese, making the Savan- nah-based business-jet manufacturer the only original equipment manufacturer of its kind to offer marketing materials in such a broad range of languages. Website visitors can select their preferred language from a drop-down menu on the right side of the home page before navigating to the rest of the site. Any subsequent pages they click on will appear in the selected language. “We started this effort in 2010 with the addition of a Russian-language website and the distribution of select news releases in Chinese, Korean and Japanese,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “Now, in a nod to the popularity of our products in markets such as Brazil and China, we’ve translated our website into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. We’re thrilled that we can connect with our current and potential customers in this way.” New aircraft programs make steady progress { nonstop news } PaulSuszynski Gulfstream can build its own circuit boards for testing advanced avionics concepts and create test composite structures in its autoclaves. 14 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.fobnews.indd 14 8/31/11 12:26 PM
  17. 17. unstoppable. To schedule your Certification Foxtrot upgrade, contact your Gulfstream representative or Honeywell Sales Manager Tim Valente at 941-377-9879. ©2011 Honeywell International Inc. Get greater access to more high-traffic and terrain-challenged airports, regardless of weather, with PlaneView® Certification Foxtrot. This simple upgrade provides more precise flight paths, giving you the most efficient routing possible. And giving your pilot dramatically enhanced situational awareness. Based on Honeywell’s Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) system, this new-generation technology provides a 3D display of every runway in the world, showing distance from surrounding terrain, in any weather, night or day. Greater access. Superior safety. Exactly what you’d expect from your Gulfstream. And Honeywell. B A I L E Y L A U E R M A N Honeywell Unstoppable 015_GULF_FALL11.indd 1 8/25/11 1:00 PM
  18. 18. When we fly for business at Gulfstream, we fly pretty much the way, you, our readers, fly your business jets. Most of our flights are long, so it’s a mixture of work, rest, dining and trying out the entertainment systems. Our catering is usually superb. When we dispatch from Savannah, as we are today, local restaurants such as the New York-hip Sapphire Grill load aboard their best scallops and filet mignon. These are sometimes supple- mented by smoothies—a pilot favorite—and various types of comfort food. On the way to London, en route to the Bangalore Air Show this past February, cinnamon Pop-Tarts are a favorite on the flight deck, and we can’t resist scarfing some of these down in the back, too. By the time we get to Mumbai, we restock with chicken tikka, chili toast and the Leela Hotel’s delectable club sandwiches. Our captains are Bob McKenney and Tony Briotta and our flight attendant is Denée Nason. Roger Sperry, regional senior vice president of sales for South America and the Far East, heads our team. Also aboard are Steve Cass, director of sales engineering, who can answer any technical question about a Gulfstream, and Gita Mirchandani, our PR consultant for India, who knows the players among the vast, free-wheeling Indian media. We often talk about the benefits of low cabin altitudes on board our aircraft. Gita brings up a benefit we hadn’t thought of before: She can wear her high-heels through two full days of flying, and her feet feel great. Not the same on the airlines, where even those of us in roomy Italian loafers can have trouble squeezing our toes back into our shoes. It’s a workday flight, so laptops are open. BBML (our air-to-ground cabin com- munication system) is up and running on computers, iPads and BlackBerrys. I can’t rave enough about this amazing system for en route productivity. On this trip, I find it useful to connect on the iPad to The New York Times online for the latest updates on Egypt, which is in the midst of a revolution, and all the other day’s news. On a subsequent flight back home from Hong Kong, Roger and I and others monitor the tsunami devastation in Japan on CNN. When we fly, it’s a balance between escaping earthbound matters for a little while and needing to know what’s going on. On the flight to London, what really surprises me is that somewhere near Iceland, my computer starts making that characteristic Skype dial tone—boop-boop-boop. It’s a video call from my son, checking in from Safed, Israel. We have a nice chat, and the video streaming is pretty good. This was the stuff of science fiction when I was a kid. Now we hardly give it a second thought, even at 45,000 feet. About an hour out of Luton, I step into the cockpit to chat with Bob and he shows me the weather for our destination—a 1,200 foot scattered ceiling and 37 knots of wind gusting to 45 knots more or less down the runway. “It will be a little bumpy,” Bob says, which we all know is pilot-speak for expect some pretty good turbulence. When we break out of the clouds, the cabin monitor shows run- way lights ahead and to the right of our nose (there’s a TV camera in the tail), indicating a healthy crab angle to compensate for the crosswind. We hear the audio call-outs from the cockpit radar altimeter as the lights come up to meet us and the nose gradually shifts to straight down the runway centerline, followed by a smooth landing. A nice bit of piloting. Given the turbulence and gusting winds, this is a great tribute to the G450. The wind is howling when we step outside, but our descent was remarkably smooth. The G450 is a tough and resilient ship that delivers passen- gers a great ride. ■ 16 NONSTOP BY GULFSTREAM On the road … ToBangaloreText and photography by Jeff Miller An army may travel on its stom- ach, as Napoleon once said, but a flight crew apparently is fueled by Pop-Tarts, here being conveyed to the flight deck by Denée Nason. Regional Senior Vice President Roger Sperry prepares for a satellite phone call to Hong Kong. Top right: Director of Sales Engineering Steve Cass sends email on an iPad and—what’s this?—media relations consul- tant Gita Mirchandani reads something called a “book.” Above: Captains Bob McKenney and Tony Briotta and the amazing Gulfstream PlaneView cockpit system. Below right: In Bangalore for Aero India 2011, Mirchandani, Senior Sales Assistant Mindy Neve, Sperry and Nason. 16 NONSTOP BY GULFSTREAM GULF.ss11.ontheroad.indd 16 9/12/11 10:37 AM
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  23. 23. Sir Michael Kadoorie is ranked with his family at No. 159 among the world’s bil- lionaires, and at No. 6 in his hometown of Hong Kong, with wealth estimated at U.S. $6.1 billion. Among other business interests, Kadoorie is a force in top hotels (including the flagship Peninsula brand), and chairman of CLP Holdings Ltd., which provides 80 percent of Hong Kong’s power needs. He is the founder of Metrojet, which literally introduced business aviation to Hong Kong. Given Kadoorie’s passionate interest in flying, we thought it auspicious to interview him in the Hong Kong Peninsula’s China Clipper Lounge prior to an exclusive luncheon to celebrate the cen- tennial of aviation in Hong Kong this year. The “Sir” in Kadoorie’s name is a British knighthood, an honor bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for his charitable work in Britain and elsewhere. At age 70, Kadoorie remains extremely active, counting among his many leadership roles the chairmanship of the Hong Kong Aviation Group, which set up business jet operator Metrojet and rotary wing operator Heliservices. Asked about his early association with Gulfstream, Kadoorie tells us, “In 2001 we One of Asia’s most respected entrepreneurs, Sir Michael Kadoorie uses Gulfstream jets to expand diverse interests and teach others the beauty and utility of private wings. By Michael Westlake 21 Typically a whirlwind of activity, Sir Michael Kadoorie pauses for a quick photo at the entrance to his beloved China Clipper Lounge. GrahamUden GULF.ss11.kadoorie.indd 21 9/12/11 10:34 AM
  24. 24. 22 Nonstop By Gulfstream Chaired by Sir Michael Kadoorie, the Hong Kong Aviation Group set up business jet operator Metrojet and rotary wing operator Heliservices. The Metrojet fleet of 26 aircraft includes 15 Gulfstreams. GULF.ss11.kadoorie.indd 22 9/13/11 12:45 PM
  25. 25. hidden gems The China Clipper Lounge Peninsula Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong The original China Clipper was a Martin M-130 flying boat that was part of PanAmerican’s Clipper fleet.These giant flying boats, which later included models from Boeing and Sikorsky,operated trans-Pacific flights from the1930s until shortly after World War II. Today, the great Clippers live on in a lounge that serves as a venue for small private functions, but mainly as the depar- ture and arrival center for helicopter service that operates from helipads at the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The lounge contains history and memorabilia of the Chi- na Clippers themselves, as well as mementos of the history of civil aviation in Hong Kong. Artifacts include a silvered propeller from a DC-3, a beau- tifully restored Pratt and Whitney Double Wasp piston engine (again from a DC-3, but similar to earlier models used on some of the China Clipper flying boats), a cutaway model of the China Clipper M-130 flying boat itself, and many, many photographs with descriptions of the early days of Hong Kong’s well-known airline Cathay Pacific Airways and its affiliates. The first Clipper flying boat to arrive in Hong Kong did so in the harbor on Oct. 23, 1936, carrying Juan Trippe, president of what was then Pan American Airways System, his wife Betty, and associates who were scouting new Clipper routes around the world.They stayed overnight at “The Pen,” as the Peninsula is still known.The original Clipper flights from California took six days with a maximum of eight passengers. The China Clipper Lounge, with its simulated aircraft superstructure, riveted aluminum wall panels, period-inspired furniture—not to mention a spectacular view onto Hong Kong Harbor—evokes a day gone by. “The China Clipper is not just a lounge,” says Sir Michael Kadoorie, head of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels group, which owns the Peninsula. “It’s a tribute to the history of aviation, particularly the crossing of the Pacific, opening doors to commerce between the United States and Asia.This could never have taken place without avia- tion.All credit must be given toJuanTrippe.” Kadoorie’s passion for aviation has also found practical form in retro-lounge décor in other Peninsula hotels in Bangkok (the Paribatra Aviation Room), Tokyo (the Seven Seas Pacific Aviation Lounge), and a similar but more local tribute to aviation history in a lounge in the Peninsula in Shanghai. This is called the Rosamonde in memory of the two-seater biplane that was the first “modern” aircraft designed and built in China (by three Americans under contract) in 1923 at the behest of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the still-revered founding father of China as a republic. Our tip to the business jet traveler: Take a helicopter to “The Pen,” but leave a little time for a cocktail at the China Clip- per Lounge and inhale the nostalgia. —Michael Westlake entered into a unique arrangement with Gulfstream to try to stimulate the business aviation market here. It was still a very new concept. We started with a GIV for charter as a market test. The gamble paid off, the market responded, and Metrojet later leased a G200, which seemed the perfect size for the market at that time, and then bought another.” With things going well, Kadoorie sold some shares in the second aircraft to friends, but one day found that the aircraft was not available for his own use, so he bought another G200. Today there are 26 aircraft managed by Metrojet, of which 15 are Gulfstreams. Says Kadoorie, “It’s a win- win for us and for Gulfstream, who makes every effort to keep our aircraft operating at their peak. We’ve both gained. We both have high standards; it’s a happy meeting.” The Kadoorie family’s roots go back to Iraq, and then to Shanghai in 1880, where his grandfather launched what is today the Kadoorie Group, with hotels and other interests. When China effec- tively closed its doors to foreigners with the communist takeover in 1949, the Kadoories retrenched to Hong Kong and started to rebuild. Today, Kadoorie vigorously pursues interests in Hong Kong, on the mainland, including Shanghai, and beyond. He says, “We’ve been very fortunate; we’ve been welcomed by the Chinese people first in Shanghai and then Hong Kong. In 1948 Hong Kong began to build up, and we’ve continued to meet challenges—the family “It’s a win-win for us and for Gulfstream, who makes every effort to keep our aircraft operating at their peak.” 23 The décor of the China Clipper Lounge is1930s chic; the view outside is Hong Kong skyline 2011—inspiring by day, spectacular by night. Photos: Graham Uden GULF.ss11.kadoorie.indd 23 9/12/11 10:35 AM
  26. 26. 24 Nonstop By Gulfstream motto is ‘Adhere and prosper.’” So how has Hong Kong changed in his lifetime? “Two changes have impacted me most: the skyline, like New York, and the pace of life—electronic media and immedi- ate communications. Our reach is toward both the United States and Europe, and, with instant communications, if you’re not careful, you can be saturated.” Kadoorie’s interest in aviation has been lifelong. He earned a fixed-wing private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying around Hong Kong, but ended up flying helicopters and turned that into a business opportunity. As ever, the business came first. Says Kadoorie, “My brother-in-law and I were taken up in a helicopter and I asked who inspected the power lines. From this beginning we became involved in helicopter operations and eventually won a contract with Balfour Beatty to build power lines. The purchase of three Aerospatiale Lama helicopters followed, and the company grew from that.” Is there a future for business aviation in China’s mainland beyond what Metrojet is able to obtain now? “There’s no ques- tion,” says Kadoorie “China spans huge distances. There’s a clear need for private aviation, which can speed up business generally. The important ‘opener’ will be accessibility of smaller airports, not so much the airspace.” But when will this happen? “I would hope it’s like a snowball that gets bigger and bigger, though it hasn’t been that quick until now.” Kadoorie says the obvious com- parisons are the United States and Australia, and predicts, “It will be a new industry.” When it comes to transportation, Kadoorie aims to make the best even bet- ter. In aviation, his pilots provide valu- able input on new Gulfstream products, especially the new super-midsize G280. As for automobiles, when Kadoorie talks, Rolls-Royce listens. The Peninsula Hotel operates the largest fleet of Rolls-Royce cars in the world. The hotel has placed orders with Rolls-Royce eight times, the largest order for 14 long-wheel-base cars in 2006. In that case, Kadoorie asked for—and obtained—some 36 changes to the basic specification. These included moving air-conditioning controls to make them easier to reach, customizing tread plates, installing grab-handles for passen- gers, and other items. Kadoorie says, “Luxury cars in the An avid collector of antique automobiles, Sir Michael Kadoorie is seen here at the wheel of his 1903 Cadillac, driving in the 2010 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The Peninsula reflects Kadoorie’s passion for good design, amenities and service; the hotel operates the largest fleet of Rolls-Royce automobiles in the world. Opposite page: Kadoorie celebrates the delivery of Metrojet’s first G200 in 2002 with Gulfstream Regional Senior Vice President Roger Sperry. MickMcCarron/ GULF.ss11.kadoorie.indd 24 9/12/11 10:35 AM
  27. 27. hotel business need big trunks, and the Rolls trunks weren’t big enough. By relo- cating ancillary equipment, the trunk was made bigger.” The Peninsula took on its first Rolls-Royce fleet in 1970; experi- ence told him and the hotel what needed to be changed. There is a comparison between Rolls- Royce and Gulfstream, he feels, which also applies to the Peninsula Hotels. “We all strive to produce the ultimate product in our own markets. “I’ll tell you what made a big impres- sion on me about Gulfstream, right off the bat,” Kadoorie says. “After we had purchased our first G200, taken delivery and departed Monterey, Calif., for a day trip to Seattle, we discovered the mi- crowave oven was not working. A little squawk, certainly not essential for flight. Gulfstream dispatched a G100 from Savannah to pick up a new microwave in Dallas, flew it to the West Coast and installed it before our departure for Hong Kong the next day. That distin- guished Gulfstream from other manufacturers for me.” Given that his operations span the world, we were curious what advice Kadoorie would give to Western executives approaching Asian markets. “It’s the same whether you’re heading West to East or the reverse,” he says. “Be sensitive to the culture of the local area. That takes time. You may stumble, but with prudence it will pay off in the long run. Allow time.” That’s certainly a formula that has worked for the Kadoories, who have built their enterprises over generations. Lastly, given his interest in the China Clippers, we couldn’t help asking, even if whimsically, is there a possible future market in flying boats for Gulfstream’s engineers to consider? He laughs. “If they made it out of noncorrosive materials and it had the performance of a G650, maybe there would be a market for people on isolated islands. But it’s unlikely. I look forward to the G650. I think Gulfstream has always been a leader in terms of engineering.” n “China spans huge distances. There’s a clear need for private aviation, which can speed up business generally.” 25 GULF.ss11.kadoorie.indd 25 9/12/11 10:36 AM
  28. 28. Hong Kong is a magnet for Westerners of all ages itching with ambition and eager to tackle new challenges. Hong Kong says to them: Come on, bring your talents; we’ll learn from you, you’ll learn from us.And so it was that Björn Näf arrived in Hong Kong in October 2010 to try something new. A former airline pilot for Swiss carrier Crossair, Näf showed an early talent for management and ended up leading Swiss Express and later Gulf Air, which stands alone in first-class service with its sky chefs and sky nannies. He also spent four years running a humanitarian relief airline for the U.N. in Africa. It all taught him the value of teamwork, he says. Bringing more than 20 years of aviation experience from commercial airlines, Näf is convinced that opera- tional excellence and service excellence are two very important aspects to the future success of Metrojet. Part of his mission is to standardize and improve the quality of back-end services such as accounting, billing, information technology, human resources, finance and dispatch—with the end result being smoother, better front-end service that the business jet customer does see. Business aviation is still a young industry in Asia, Näf says. So improving operations will be important to growth.“We aim to position Metrojet as the best-in-class one-stop shop for business aviation in aircraft charter, aircraft management, maintenance, sales and services.” A quick learner, we asked Näf what business jet operators, or those thinking of becoming an operator, should know. I’m thinking of buying an airplane? Where should I register it? Well, if you wish to charter your aircraft to offset operating costs, and you are based in Hong Kong, we recom- mend the Hong Kong Registry. Metrojet, and others, have Aircraft Operating Certificates (AOCs) from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD), permitting us to fly for hire. If you intend to operate the aircraft strictly privately, we’ve found there is little difference among private aircraft registrations, such as U.S., Cayman Islands, Isle of Man and Bermuda. Let’s say I want to register in Hong Kong. What should I be thinking about? Certain aircraft are considered “first of type” in Hong Kong—that particular model hasn’t been registered there before. If that’s the case, expect a six- to nine-month lead time to register with HKCAD.Whatever type you want to register, allow about six months to recruit pilots, as very few HKCAD-rated pilots are available for business jets. Why is this business of flight plan filing so complicated, and wait times so variable? Well, business aviation here is still a new phenomenon, and the air traffic control (ATC) system in China, and in most of the world, is geared toward airliners which fly on fixed, predictable schedules. But we are seeing a lot more flexibility now in China as the ATC system learns how to accommodate business aviation. I can tell you what we do at Metrojet to expedite approvals.We have a repre- sentative office in Beijing to facilitate requests, allowing us to receive flight plan approvals in less than 24 hours, although two days is typical. For destinations worldwide, we maintain a 24/7 flight dispatch operation.That speeds up the approval process. What are the most frequent routes to and from Hong Kong? For Asia—Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore. London and Paris for Europe. In the U.S., the most frequent destina- tions are Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.Viva Las Vegas! I’m from the U.S. or Europe. What’s different about flying in Asia—what should I be aware of? There are fewer airports, that’s one thing.And just because a destination has an airport doesn’t necessarily mean it’s accessible by business jet. Expect longer lead times for permits than you would in America or Europe— you can’t be quite as spontaneous.There’s less ground support infrastructure for business aviation—FBOs and all the services they can offer. Also, expect higher costs for just about everything: fuel, third-party handling charges, over-flight fees, management fees. If I’m an Asian businessperson new to aviation, what can a management company do to assist me in us- ing an aircraft efficiently and effectively? We’re advisors, project managers, consultants and service providers all in one. It really depends on the level of sup- port you need. Some customers just want maintenance management; the other aspects of owning an airplane they can take care of themselves. For some customers, we help identify the right aircraft, negotiate the purchase, supervise the outfitting, arrange all necessary certifica- tions, and provide pilots, maintenance and all other aspects of full-service management. Business aviation is new and a little mysterious to a lot of businesspeople who could benefit from it.We help make it less mysterious and more practical. n Aviation in asia, a primer Björn Näf, chief executive officer of Metrojet, shares insights on operating an aircraft in Hong Kong, China and other parts of Asia. 26 Nonstop By Gulfstream KathyAlmand GULF.ss11.metrojet.indd 26 8/31/11 12:51 PM
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  30. 30. 28 Nonstop By Gulfstream denting the Sound Barrier It takes decades of experience—and the latest technology—to fly faster than 90 percent of the speed of sou By J. Mac McClellan GULF.ss11.g650.indd 28 9/12/11 1:03 PM
  31. 31. dd of sound for 5,000 miles. KathyAlmand 29 GULF.ss11.g650.indd 29 9/12/11 1:04 PM
  32. 32. The sound barrier conjures up images of steely-eyed test pilots with the right stuff flying rocket- powered airplanes over the California desert in the late 1940s. True, those pilots did “break” the sound barrier, but they couldn’t change the physics that hold back all jets that approach the speed of sound. Yet with attention to the details of every curve and shape on the G650, Gulfstream engineers have been able to create an airplane that will routinely fly for many thousands of miles at 90 percent of the speed of sound. No other airplane, civilian or mili- tary, can do that. Only the Concorde could cruise faster than sound, but its range was barely enough to cross the Atlantic, while the G650 could almost cross the ocean twice flying at Mach .90 without stopping for fuel. To understand why there is a sound barrier that holds back the speed of jets, imagine a crowd of people walking along in the same direction, per- haps leaving a stadium after a sporting event. Each of those people is just like a molecule of air. They are moving as quickly as they can without knocking each other over, or shoving and jostling. Now imagine a person trying to run through the crowd. Soon, the runner would be crashing into people, who would then knock aside others and there would be chaos. That is what happens to the air molecules when a jet flies close to the speed of sound. The molecules just can’t get out of the way and they must be pushed aside. At flying speeds up to about 400 mph, the air molecules can move fast enough to get out of the way of the airplane, just as the people walking in an orderly crowd can move smoothly. But at speeds As the airplane flies faster, the pile of air molecules ahead forms a giant wave that the airplane must force its way through to fly even faster. PaulSuszynski PaulSuszynski 30 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.g650.indd 30 9/12/11 1:04 PM
  33. 33. To fly near the speed of sound for great distances, every surface of the aircraft must be aerodynamically optimized. These images of the Gulfstream G650 show some of the aircraft’s unique geometry, including the wing-to-body fairing, the engine nacelles and, of course, the wing itself. In flight, the shape of the G650 wing is ever-chang- ing, with every subtle curve and swoop being absolutely critical for controlling how the air flows over and under the wing while the airplane flies near the speed of sound. 31 GULF.ss11.g650.indd 31 9/12/11 1:04 PM
  34. 34. faster than 400 mph, the airplane begins to push the air molecules into each other. The molecules begin to pile up ahead of the airplane. As the airplane flies faster, the pile of air molecules ahead forms a giant wave that the airplane must force its way through to fly even faster. So it isn’t really the speed of sound that is the barrier to fast flight, but the behavior of air molecules when they are disturbed. Sound waves disturb air molecules and they transmit that wave at a specific speed we call Mach 1, the speed of sound. Mach 1 is the fastest air molecules can move without piling up on each other. The actual speed of Mach 1 varies with temperature. Sound travels the fastest in warm air and slows down as the air cools with altitude. Near the surface of the earth, Mach 1 equals about 760 mph. At the high altitudes above 38,000 feet where Gulfstreams fly, Mach 1 is about 660 mph. The real challenge in designing a fast jet is that before the airplane actu- ally reaches the speed of Mach 1, the air flowing over the airplane has acceler- ated to that speed. As the airplane moves through the air, the air molecules must speed up to pass over and under the fuse- lage, wings and tail. At some fast flying speed, the air speeding up to pass around the airplane will reach Mach 1 and the big wave of piled-up air molecules will form, holding the airplane back even though the actual speed of the airplane is far slower than Mach 1. In a jet using older technology, this big drag increase begins when the airplane is flying at around 70 percent of the speed of sound, or Mach .70, as pilots say. The design triumph of the G650 is that it is able to control how the drag of the piled-up air molecules forms into a wave as the airplane accelerates to Mach The design triumph of the G650 is that it is able to control how the drag of the piled-up air molecules form into a wave as the airplane accelerates to Mach .90. KathyAlmand 32 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.g650.indd 32 9/12/11 1:05 PM
  35. 35. .90, or even up to its limit of Mach .925. Gulfstream engineers cannot prevent the air from piling up into a wave as the molecules flow over the airplane, but they have figured out how to make the air behave to create the least drag. The technology Gulfstream refined mini- mizes the wave, and makes its formation gradual, while on other jets the wave shape is steep and its formation is abrupt and the drag is insurmountable. The shape of the wing is, of course, critical, and so are the shape and slope of the windshield. The design of the fairing that guides the air around the junction of the wing and fuselage is absolutely crucial to controlling the Mach wave drag. And the location of the engines and the shape of their mounting pylons and nacelles are huge factors in the airplane’s low drag. When you get to walk around a G650, look at the underside of the wing. It is absolutely smooth. There are none of the fairings hanging down, as there are on other jets, because all of the wing flap actuation mechanism is housed within the wing. Also, look at the sweep angle of the wing, the way it swoops up toward the wingtips, and notice how the shape and thickness of the wing changes continuously along its span. These subtle, almost imperceptible changes in the wing are the fundamental technology that Gulfstream has developed and perfected over the years. There was not one “ah-ha” moment in the creation of the G650 with its unprecedented speed. Rather, its success is the collection and perfection of 40 years’ worth of techniques learned by designing and building the fast- est and longest range business jets. The sound barrier still exists; it’s real in terms of a hurdle holding back the top cruise speed of jets, but Gulf- stream technology allows the G650 to nuzzle up to the sound barrier without sacrificing fuel efficiency, cruise range or safety. Other jets using less sophisticated technology are still trying to push those air molecules out of the way and are burning up a lot of fuel and going slower to do it. n Computers Can ‘See’ Air Color coding shows how fast air molecules are moving— key knowledge in optimizing aircraft design. Gulfstream employs the most sophisticated computer modeling to tailor airflow and air pressure distribution around the aircraft. This aspect of engineering is called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), because air (from the point of view of physics) behaves as a fluid. CFD provides engineers a visually stunning depiction of flow patterns. The image above provides a colorized representation of local air pressure: the warmer the shade, the faster the speed of air flowing around the surface of the aircraft, some of it at supersonic speed.The image also shows “off body” pressure distribution.The outer dark blue patterns at a distance from the airplane are weaker pressure fields generated by the aircraft’s passage through the air. Engineers use CFD to tailor “hot spots” by controlling pressure, reducing drag and shock wave strength, and eliminating flow turbulence to allow travel at extremely high speeds in silent cabins. Optimized regions include the wing and tail planes, the aft fuselage/ pylon geometrics, the wing-to-body fairing, the cockpit crown, the Enhanced Vision System camera, and the engine nacelles. CFD can analyze pressure distribution in all sorts of ways (the image above shows “slices” along the wing). CFD is used to design the shape of the aircraft for precise control of airflow across the span of the wing and around the whole airframe. Every CFD image is the result of billions of calculations. The intersections in the grid pattern show individual points where flow equations are iteratively solved. The grid becomes much denser as it moves toward and around the surface of the aircraft, where flow parameters change rapidly and reach large magnitudes. Engineers make thousands of CFD “runs” to optimize and perfect the aircraft’s aero- dynamics. Gulfstream uses cutting edge NASA CFD tools as well as commercial and proprietary CFD tools in its work. 33 GULF.ss11.g650.indd 33 9/12/11 1:05 PM
  36. 36. 34 Nonstop By Gulfstream Italian fashion? Guess again. Purple shift button dress by Roma Narsinghani in Mumbai. Our new friends at Verve magazine did a great job of meshing a bright fashion palette with the bold lines of the G450. 34 9/13/11 12:46 PM
  37. 37. 35 A Passageto India From high tech to high fashion to high-flying airplanes, Bangalore attracts them all. Gulfstream is known for its firsts. Well, here’s another one—conducting the first fashion shoot at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore, India. Security is tight on air bases anywhere, as you can imagine. And their proprietors are not accustomed to hosting fashionistas. So a little explanation is in order for how the ultimate business machine became fashion accessory for the day. By Jeff Miller ColstonJulian 35 9/13/11 12:46 PM
  38. 38. 36 Nonstop By Gulfstream We didn’t come to Bangalore with this specific mission in mind. We came to participate in one of the world’s increas- ingly important aerospace trade shows— Aero India 2011. But when the extremely persua- sive Falguni Kapadia, editor-in-chief of India’s prominent Verve magazine, proposed combining haute couture and high-altitude travel, we capitulated and said we would try to figure out the logis- tics for such an undertaking. The rapid growth in the Indian economy is well-known. Less well-known is the rapid maturation of its aerospace industry, largely centered in Bangalore, which is also regarded as India’s Silicon Valley. The world’s aerospace industry beat a path to Bangalore this year to show its wares and look for strategic tie-ins. Aero India looked very much like the now century-old Paris Air Show, only with guaranteed sunshine. Fighter performanc- es dominated prime-time air show hours, just as they do in Paris and Farnborough. Government dignitaries and prominent industrialists such as Ratan Tata were seen climbing in and out of fighter cockpits, and much was made of this in the Indian media, as the country is on the cusp of a major fighter acquisition. Aero India has simply become a must-attend event for the aerospace community, and that goes for business aviation, too. So Gulfstream brought its G450 and G550 aircraft to the show and hosted guests in a nearby chalet. In our preparation for attendance, we found some interesting data on the Indian market. The country has a grow- ing roster of billionaires: reportedly 47, Clockwise from top left: High gloss on model Preeti Dhata and on the G450. En route from Mumbai to Ban- galore, Fortune magazine’s Pavan Lall, Gulfstream Sales Vice President Jason Akovenko, flight attendant Denée Nason and Regional Senior Vice President Roger Sperry. Verve calls these “multi-coloured button leggings,” and cites Janis Joplin as the inspiration. OK with us. Photos:JeffMiller 36 9/12/11 12:00 PM
  39. 39. summer 2011 37 Photos:JeffMiller 37 37 9/12/11 12:00 PM
  40. 40. 38 Nonstop By Gulfstream ranking fourth in the world, according to the Forbes’ 2010 billionaires list. With more than 126,000 millionaires, India has the eighth largest base of high-net- worth individuals, with year-over-year growth of 51 percent, according to Merrill Lynch-Capgemini, not to mention an ac- tive IPO market and positive investment climate. If we were a military organiza- tion, we would call that a target-rich environment. For all its increasing wealth, business aviation is still in the early stages in India, limited to a certain extent by infrastruc- ture, landing slot allocations and other growing pains typical of emerging mar- kets. That picture is changing, however. India now has its first international FBO, run by Universal Aviation in Mumbai, and this is an important step forward. Indian entrepreneurs seeking to expand global business relationships un- derstand the value of business aviation, and are learning how to use these rapid- transit machines to strategic advantage. That’s why our fleet in India is growing, quadrupling in the last decade from five to more than 20. More than half of those aircraft are our longest range models, because Indian business people, like those in other parts of the world, have to cover vast distances. But it’s nice to know that even our mid- The Verve crew made the G450 a character, not a backdrop, in a story about the unlimited possibilities of private aviation. 38 Nonstop By Gulfstream 38 9/12/11 12:00 PM
  41. 41. summer 2011 39 Fourteen-seat G450 interior with three seating areas and white leather, dark wood interior—a hit with air show visitors. Maroon jacket and skirt from India’s Shahab Durazi. ColstonJulian 39 39 9/12/11 12:01 PM
  42. 42. 40 Nonstop By Gulfstream cabin airplanes like the new G280 excel on routes such as Mumbai to Moscow or Singapore. But what about the fashion models, you ask. Of all the tactical missions per- formed at Yelahanka, few may have been more complex than the Gulfstream and Verve photo shoot. These things take careful planning; in this case, weeks coordinating with the Indian Air Force, the police and other authorities. We were not sure the shoot would happen until Verve’s photo crew passed the last guarded gate at Yelahanka’s Aero India 2011. The Verve crew made the G450 a character, not a backdrop, in a story about the unlimited possibilities of pri- vate aviation. For that, we thank Kapadia and her entire team. Photographer Colston Julian quickly assessed the interior and exterior lighting and angle possibilities. The aptly named model Preeti Dhata was a consummate professional, looking cool as a cucumber in woolen outfits on a hot tarmac. The G450 showed its impressive cabin features: an extensive wardrobe was hung in the walk-in baggage compartment; Dhata emerged from the large lavatory transformed in a new outfit each time; makeup was applied in the cabin, and refreshments were served from the galley. Gulfstream pilots were on hand to keep the aircraft powered up with a ground power cart, and cooled with an external air-conditioning unit. I don’t think another magazine or aircraft company will achieve something like this any time soon—the process, even though the airplane never left the ground, was about as complicated as a polar circumnavigation. n Clockwise from top left: The Red Bull aerobatic team promotes the high-energy drink with, well, verve. Hair styling in the Gulfstream version of a makeup studio. Crowds observing jet fighter performance. Verve editor Falguni Kapadia and photographer Colston Julian setting up a shot. Photos:JeffMiller 40 9/12/11 12:01 PM
  43. 43. summer 2011 41 If there is one thing our customers especially love, it’s our trademark large elliptical windows, which provide spectacular views. For this shot, the Verve team selected “space age” pants from Wendell Rodricks of Goa and a top from designer Reynu Tandon in New Delhi. ColstonJulian 41 41 9/12/11 12:01 PM
  44. 44. PlaneAdvantage lets pilots experience the huge safety margins built into every Gulfstream jet. The remarkable safety record of the business jet fleet is founded on full-motion simulator training, and Gulfstream and its partner FlightSafety International offer the most advanced simulator training in the world. Yet, as realistic as the latest simulators are, they cannot duplicate every abnormal situation a Gulfstream jet is designed to handle. That’s why Gulfstream’s test pilots have developed the new PlaneAdvantage™ professional pilot development training program. PlaneAdvantage demonstrates in flight how the Gulfstream can handle the worst that nature or mechanical failures can throw at it. By the time pilots are qualified to captain a Gulfstream, they have logged many thousands of hours. But for most, those hours will have been the routine, safe and smooth flying we all expect. Abnormal situations are extremely rare, and a typical pilot may go his whole career without seeing an unusual event, except in the simulator. But the people who design and build Gulfstreams expect the unexpected and have prepared the Gulfstream to handle it. And Gulfstream test pilots make certain that every jet off the assembly line is up to this demanding world-class standard. By J. Mac McClellan Photography by Kathy Almand 42 NONSTOP BY GULFSTREAM GULF.ss11.planeadvantage.indd 42 8/31/11 12:44 PM
  45. 45. Gulfstream’s PlaneAdvantage program lets professional pilots execute maneuvers normally reserved for the flight simulator, such as steep banked turns at high cruise altitude. 43 GULF.ss11.planeadvantage.indd 43 8/31/11 12:44 PM
  46. 46. The PlaneAdvantage training program is actually a version of what the Gulfstream pro- duction test pilots do with every airplane before it is turned over to its owner. PlaneAdvantage training is not going beyond the established flight envelope; instead, it’s a way to show just how large the safety margins are in a Gulf- stream when the abnormal happens. There are a number of other training programs that put business jet pilots into small aerobatic airplanes and show them how to recover from an upset. Those programs are good to teach basic airmanship, but they do nothing to demonstrate how a business jet will react in such a situation. The small aerobatic airplanes are designed for loops and rolls and spins; throwing them around the sky may be interesting and even fun, but that knowledge doesn’t transfer directly to how a business jet will perform in a similar situation. High-Altitude Drill What happens, for example, if unexpected tur- bulence upsets a business jet from its normal flight path while flying at high cruise altitude? At 41,000 feet the air is only 20 percent as dense as at sea level, leaving very little cushion for some wing designs to create lift. That’s why all pilots maneuver gently with shallow bank turns and gradual climb and descent angles up high. But clear air turbulence can hold a surprise that both the pilot and airplane need to be prepared for. In the PlaneAdvantage training program, a pilot and his Gulfstream test pilot instructor climb to high cruise altitude and purposely per- form steeply banked turns. The Gulfstream has the performance margin to fly through those turns even at its altitude ceiling of 45,000 for the G450, or 51,000 feet for the G550. PlaneAdvan- tage shows a pilot how the Gulfstream would respond if it were upset and takes the mystery and possible fear out of a high-altitude upset. In simulator training engines fail all the time, and pilots learn how to continue safely. But how many pilots have had an actual engine failure in flight? I haven’t. In the jet age, not many pilots have had an engine quit because the engines are so reliable. But it could happen, so PlaneAdvantage training shows a pilot what it’s really like to fly with one engine shut down. All jets have naturally imposed limits on how fast or how slowly they can fly. Properly designed airplanes like the Gulfstream will buffet and shake to warn a pilot that he is near- ing a limit, while the advanced avionics issue visual and audible warnings. Again, most pi- lots never fly near the airspeed limits of a jet, so they can only experience a simulation or read about how the airplane will behave. In my re- cent PlaneAdvantage training, by contrast, we flew the G450 out to its high-speed limit and I experienced the mild buffet of a Gulfstream when it reaches that limit. More importantly, I learned how to recover smoothly to a proper airspeed for the conditions. Approaching To Land On the low airspeed end of the flight envelope, training and Federal Aviaition Administration (FAA) testing requirements demand that a jet pilot never fly slower than the landing reference airspeed. Flying too slowly can create a rapid sink rate, or worse, can cause the wing to stall. But Gulfstream jets have a wide margin of safety built in, so there is no need to fly faster than the target while approaching to land. PlaneAdvantage training shows pilots how they can fly slower than the target airspeed, and even make steep turns, without having the Gulfstream misbehave. The training builds confidence in the Gulfstream so pilots are not tempted to add extra airspeed when landing, which can cause problems in stopping the Author J. Mac McClellan (right) poses with Al Moros, a Gulfstream test pilot who served as McClellan’s PlaneAdvantage instructor. 44 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.planeadvantage.indd 44 8/31/11 12:45 PM
  47. 47. aircraft on the runway. All Gulfstreams have a two-phase warning system to alert the pilot that he is flying too slowly and is nearing stalling speed. The first warning is a system that vibrates the control col- umn, and it activates well before the wing could stall. Pilots are taught to add power immediately and lower the nose at this stick-shaker warning to avoid a stall. In PlaneAdvantage training, pi- lots allow the airplane to continue to decelerate until the second safety device, the stick pusher, takes over and automatically moves the control wheel forward to gain airspeed and avoid a stall. A True Confidence Builder There is nothing dangerous or risky about allowing the stick pusher to avoid a stall, and that system is tested in every Gulfstream before delivery, but very few nontest pilots have experienced the stick pusher for real. With Gulfstream senior production test pilot Al Moros in the right seat telling me what to expect, and then following his guidance for the recovery with a gentle movement back on the wheel, I found the stick pusher experience was a true confidence builder. Gulfstreams have layer upon layer of backups for the critical systems, including electrical and hydraulic, so the odds of being without those systems are extremely long. But PlaneAdvantage shows pilots what it’s like to fly if all three or four generating systems should somehow fail. I was amazed how much equip- ment the batteries could support, including the autopilot. And there are emergency batteries backing up the normal batteries. Gulfstreams use hydraulics to muscle the flight controls, much the same way as cars have power steering. It would take multiple failures of the rarest type to lose that power steering, but Moros, who developed the PlaneAdvantage training syllabus for the G400 series, “tricked” the systems into going offline so I could fly the G450 with no power assists. Just like in the car with failed power steering, the controls are heavy and hard to move, but the airplane is entirely controllable. Even if the extremely unlikely sequence of multiple fail- ures required to leave you without hydraulics did happen, PlaneAdvantage shows how you can fly on to a safe landing. PlaneAdvantage takes pilots through many other very abnormal situations such as failure of the flaps to extend, or aborting a landing at the last minute, including a go-around using only one of the two engines. Every normal system is intentionally disabled so that pilots can experi- ence flying with the backup system. PlaneAdvantage is such an intimate look into abnormal situations that only Gulfstream test pilots teach the course; testing the airplane in every possible situation is, after all, what they do every day. A classroom portion cover- ing aerodynamics and a simulator profile are offered before the training flights. The flight training requires about two-and-a-half hours to complete. It comprises what test pilots call “the test card,” which describes in exacting detail the steps to perform each maneuver. The Gulfstream fleet has compiled an enviable safety record, but for those owners who want to be certain their pilots understand how to use every bit of the capability designed into their jets, the PlaneAdvantage professional pilot program is the way to give them invalu- able hands-on experience flying safely if the unexpected happens. n McClellan watches from the left seat (above) as PlaneAdvantage instructor Moros runs through the ground portion of the test card. The landing drill (below) gives Gulfstream pilots confidence not to add extra speed while approaching to land. MatthewStephan 45 GULF.ss11.planeadvantage.indd 45 9/13/11 12:48 PM
  48. 48. 46 NONSTOP BY GULFSTREAM Monterey Square From homicide to holiness, this historic square in the South’s seductive city of Savannah has seen it all. By Patty Jensen Photography by Terry Duthu GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 46 9/12/11 10:38 AM
  49. 49. It’s a sultry summer evening in one of Savannah’s hauntingly beautiful, centuries-old squares. The humid air hangs as heavily as the gray Spanish moss draping the square’s majestic live oak trees, their gnarly limbs eagerly peering above the neighborhood’s rooftops, listening to the wind’s gossipy whispers. If only these ancient behemoths could speak. As custodians of Monterey Square, they have watched its history unfold, including the mysterious doings at a home that hosted a homicide so heinous—and fascinating—it inspired a best-selling book and movie. Among other memorable events were the construction of a soaring, neo-Gothic-style synagogue with Jewish roots going back to the early 1700s; and the creation of an obelisk monument to a Polish hero of the American Revolution- ary War paradoxically erected in a square dedicated to the Mexican-American War. But with true Southern gentility, the trees have kept their thoughts to themselves. Some claim Monterey Square, estab- lished in 1847, is the most beautiful of the city’s historic squares, of which 23 of the original 24 remain. Savannah is Georgia’s first city, founded by Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe on Feb. 12, 1733, and now home to Gulfstream’s world headquarters. Oglethorpe’s decidedly modern vision was to develop a village of mixed uses, where each square had trust lots for public struc- tures on the east and west and tything lots for private homes on the north and south. Today, much has changed on Mon- terey Square, but more has not. All of the surrounding structures, except the United Way building, are original to the square. Perhaps the most famous—or infa- mous—is Mercer House, situated at the southwest end of the square. Begun in 1860, the home’s construction was inter- rupted by the American Civil War and not completed until 1868. However, it is not the building’s red-brick beauty that attracts 47 GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 47 9/12/11 10:39 AM
  50. 50. a steady stream of tourists in horse-drawn carriages, trams and on foot—it’s murder. Purchased in 1969 by Savannah restorationist Jim Williams, it was later the site of the shooting death of Williams’ lover and assistant, Danny Hansford. The story’s drama was retold in the 1994 best- selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and later in a star-studded movie by the same name. Affectionately known in Savannah as simply “The Book,” the novel and film are credited with increasing the city’s recognition and resulting tourism revenues. Directly across the square, history transitions from homicide to holiness. Congregation Mickve Israel’s mag- nificent neo-Gothic synagogue, completed in 1878, reflects Savannah’s strong Jewish heritage. Only five months after Gen. Oglethorpe founded the city, 41 Jews ar- rived by ship from London to settle in the New World, establish a congregation and raise their families. Architecturally, the 48 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 48 9/12/11 10:39 AM
  51. 51. Opposite, top left: The infamous Mercer House, where mystery and murder came together to spawn a best-selling book and star-studded movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Consecrated on April 11,1878, Congregation Mickve Israel’s synagogue (this page) was built in an unusual neo-Gothic style. Opposite, from top right: Light filters through multicol- ored stained glass windows to softly bathe the synagogue’s soaring sanctuary. A page from the congregation’s book of corporate matters displays the signatures of early members of Mickve Israel. The keyboard is a detail of a small reed organ that served as a substitute for the sanctuary’s large pipe organ damaged in 1900. Brian Markowitz, a local Savannah businessman, serves as the congregation’s parnas, a position similar to president. 49 GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 49 9/12/11 10:40 AM
  52. 52. synagogue features a neo-Gothic design, including faux-marble cast iron columns, Gothic arches, stained glass windows, a choir loft and 40-foot ceiling. Travel down the square to Taylor Street, home of Ginger and John Duncan and their quaint shop located on the building’s lower level, offering antique maps, prints and books. Originally a modest house, built in 1869 with two stories over a basement, today’s gorgeous four-story, Second-Empire Baroque-style home was created in the 1880s by a department store owner who believed in conspicuous consumption. The couple fell in love with Monterey Square, and waited patiently until a house opened up for sale. Now worth nearly $2 million, the Duncans purchased the home for $36,000 in 1976. Almost the entire interior is original to the home. Hop across the square and enter Alex Raskin Antiques. Located on the south end of the square, this building is the last unrestored grand mansion in Savannah. Owner Alex Raskin, a native of Savannah who was born 300 yards from his business, has spent years accumulating a treasure trove of artifacts, from historical trinkets to one-of-a-kind exquisite pieces of furniture. His shop, four 50 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 50 9/12/11 10:40 AM
  53. 53. Clockwise from upper left: John and Ginger Duncan and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sally and Emma, pose in the Duncans’ antique maps, prints and books shop. The home’s front parlor features the original wood and plaster cornices, pier mirror, stencil ceilings, marble fireplace, chandeliers and Georgia heart pine flooring. Dappled sunlight shines through a bay window to illuminate a recamier. The facade of the 1880s house was designed to impress. A rare lithograph shows Monterey Square’s Pulaski Monument in 1855. Deer antlers grace the back porch. A wooden, four-foot tall West African rain mask seems to look out at the world in amazement. 51 GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 51 9/12/11 10:40 AM
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  55. 55. floors crammed with thousands of items, entices customers to spend whatever it takes to possess these desirable collectables. Back to the centerpiece of Monterey Square—the monument to Polish Gen. Casimir Pulaski, who served his adopted American country so faithfully during the American Revolutionary War. There is much controversy as to whether Pulaski truly lies below the obelisk. During the reconstruction of the monument, Pulaski’s alleged remains were exhumed in 1996 and examined in a lengthy forensic study. The results were inconclusive. So is it the general’s body buried beneath the monument? The trees aren’t telling. n Opposite page, clockwise from upper left: Alex Raskin chose the corner of Bull and Gordon to establish his antique shop and showcase its thousands of treasures.A pair of mahogany English parlor chairs, circa1900, await a buyer, while a chandelier of Russian or Polish ancestry invites you to gaze up into its beautiful crystals. Considered to be Savannah’s last unrestored grand mansion, the home’s12,000 square feet and four floors are perfect for housing the antique shop’s large pieces, including armoires, gilded mirrors, breakfronts and sideboards. This page: The staircase to the second floor features faded prints and faded memories of bygone days.A graceful1860s Meridian chaise lounge is lit by the late afternoon sun. 53 GULF.ss11.monterey.indd 53 9/12/11 10:41 AM
  56. 56. SnowPolo Landsin CHINA SnowPolo With a little help from Gulfstream, a wintry version of the Sport of Kings is flourishing in Tianjin. CHINA By Jeff Miller Photography by Patrick Wack 54 NONSTOP BY GULFSTREAM GULF.ss11.snowpolo.indd 54 9/12/11 1:00 PM
  57. 57. China has achieved a lot of milestones recently. It’s be- come the world’s second largest economy, has the second largest number of billionaires (115 according to Forbes) and is the largest consumer of automobiles. And now China has hosted its first international snow polo tournament. It’s probably too soon to analyze the social signifi- cance of the arrival of the Sport of Kings in China. But the tournament certainly is a powerful statement of the country’s economic emergence. Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, the tour- nament’s organizer, invited Gulfstream to sponsor this February event in Tianjin, a city of 11 million two hours’ drive from Beijing. Polo being the right kind of networking environment for Gulfstream, we accepted. The Polo Club is being developed by Goldin Proper- ties and its visionary chairman, Pan Sutong. Chairman Pan made one fortune in MP3 players and other electronics. He is building another in mixed real estate development in Tianjin. The Polo Club is just one part of a complex intended to include Goldin Finance 117, planned to be Tianjin’s tallest office tower with 117 floors. The vast complex will even- tually showcase luxury hotels, government buildings, an international central business district, an upscale shopping Team France and Team New Zealand vie for control of the ball. Snow polo uses an inflated type of mini-basketball for better visibility and control on snow. 55 GULF.ss11.snowpolo.indd 55 9/12/11 1:00 PM
  58. 58. 56 Nonstop By Gulfstream mall, Broadway-style theaters, apartments and homes. Goldin Properties, which will develop the Tianjin site in three phases over five years, believes it is in the right place at the right time. Tianjin is fast growing, but not traffic clogged. It is closely integrated by rail and road with Beijing. Plus, the Goldin development is on the outskirts of Tianjin in the direction of Beijing, but only 25 minutes from downtown and also near the Tianjin airport. Moreover, Tianjin is being promoted by the Central Government as a new finan- cial and economic center. Beijing planners intend Tianjin to be the country’s next economic powerhouse after Shenzhen and Shanghai. There’s a lot of real estate develop- ment going on in China. Anyone who’s read a newspaper lately knows that. For upper middle class and affluent consum- ers, much of this development is taking place around golf courses. But many developers can offer a Greg Norman- or Robert Trent Jones-developed golf course community these days. Polo, however; that’s distinctive. Chairman Pan wanted a commu- nity that would appeal to several income brackets, including upscale families who would look at their home and club membership as a multigenerational investment. In fact, at this snow polo tournament, fathers who play came to watch their sons play. Team HK Goldin faced competitors from New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, England and France. Team England took top honors, with Team Argentina the runner-up. But how long can it be before China leads in polo, as well? n Clockwise from left: Entertainers roam the sidelines to keep the audience amused during breaks between the six- minute chukkers; even hardy polo ponies are drained after six minutes of vigorous play and need a rest. Gulfstream’s banner is displayed among the event’s sponsors. Audience members watch the action intently. GULF.ss11.snowpolo.indd 56 9/12/11 1:01 PM
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  60. 60. Clockwise from top left: Chairman Pan Sutong of Goldin Properties presents the champion trophy to Team England.We received a tour of the polo stables by Judy Shen, director of membership sales for the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club.This model of the Goldin Metropolitan project shows its two polo fields along with residential and commercial developments that are in the making. Gulfstream’s Peter Hoi, regional vice president of sales for the Far East, and Roger Sperry, regional senior vice president of sales for South America and the Far East, proudly sport their official polo tournament parkas, while Hoi calls attention to the Gulfstream logo.A statue of a polo player and pony helps welcome guests to the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Hotel, a luxury resort destina- tion located next to the polo club.Traditional Chinese tunes with a beat, played on Lucite instruments, no less. 58 Nonstop By Gulfstream GULF.ss11.snowpolo.indd 58 9/13/11 12:49 PM
  61. 61. HK Goldin’s Chevy Beh controls the ball. Polo is an upscale endeavor, but it’s not croquet. Polo players have more “war stories” than pilots. This we learned over dinner with the players around the traditional “lazy Susan” piled with Chinese favorites, including roast whole piglet. A Short History of Snow Polo Polo, which the casual observer tends to associate with European royalty and Argentinean playboys, may have actually originated in China and Persia 2,000 years ago, according to a brief history of the sport provided by the Ascot Park Polo Club. The British discovered polo in India and exported it to their home country. The oldest polo club in continuous existence is reported to be the Calcutta Club, founded in 1862. The first polo club in England was founded in 1872 and in Argentina in 1875. It was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1939, and there was some discussion among aficionados in Tianjin that it should be again. Snow polo, played on a smaller field with snow-shoe-equipped polo ponies, originated in the 1960s. It was formally introduced in 1985 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where today it is played on a frozen lake for the Cartier Trophy. In the U.S., it is played exclusively in Aspen, Colo. As a first-time observer of the sport in any form, I found at least a few things of interest. The ponies are bred and trained for maneuverability and have the remarkable ability to stop on a dime and shift direction quickly. They are also fearless. Other types of horses would be frightened by a mallet swung close to their eyes. Not polo ponies. Also, it’s a rough sport. It’s perfectly acceptable to push other ponies around and even, in snow polo at least, to “slam them into the boards,” as in ice hockey.The ponies are tough and the riders are gutsy. Lastly, snow polo does require a warm wardrobe. Arriving directly from Mumbai, for which I had packed appropriately lightweight wool suits, I found myself the next morning touring the plush—but unheated—polo stables at the Metropolitan Polo Club. My toes went numb in minutes, followed by a bout of shivering until I arrived at a heated tent on the polo grounds and had a nice cup of tea. —Jeff Miller 59 GULF.ss11.snowpolo.indd 59 9/12/11 1:02 PM
  62. 62. All business jets meet the minimum safety standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Gulfstream looks ahead of the existing requirements for new ways to improve the safety and utility of its business jets. Gulfstream’s development of its Enhanced Vision System (EVS) caused the FAA to write a new rule to define EVS performance and to allow Gulfstream pilots to land safely when other business jets can’t. And now, as usual, others in the business jet industry are following Gulfstream. EVS uses an infrared camera to see through fog, precipitation and darkness. That’s not new. The military and even basic security cameras have used infrared tech- niques for many years. But it was Gulf- stream’s program manager Bob Morris and experimental test pilot Gary Freeman who grasped that a properly designed infrared camera could give a business jet pilot a real- time look at the runway ahead—even though low visibility blocked the human eye view. Morris made the business case, and Freeman would prove the system. Infrared cameras work by detecting slight differences in temperature. When the cam- era is pointed at the airport, as it is when a Gulfstream is on final approach to the runway, the runway pavement is slightly warmer than the grass on either side, so the runway shows clearly. Objects at the airport such as buildings also have a unique temperature that makes them visible. Vehicles or other airplanes give off significant heat, so they really stand out on the EVS display, as do the runway lights. Even large animals, such as a deer on the runway, can be seen on EVS, although fog or darkness may block the view of the runway itself. Searching for Bad Weather The infrared camera works well in the laboratory or fixed on a pole as a security sen- sor; making it function while moving through the air at hundreds of miles per hour while mounted in the nose of a Gulfstream was the hard part. And that’s why it took Freeman and pilots Ron Newton and Glenn Connor, along with flight test engineer Bill Osborne, hundreds of hours flying approaches to landings in terrible weather to perfect EVS. Freeman and Connor flew the first EVS tests in a Cessna propeller airplane that was stuffed full of large experimental electronics, including an F-16 head-up display (HUD). As those tests gained success, the infrared camera and the electronics to support it were miniatur- ized and toughened up to be suitable for the business jet environment. To be successful, the EVS camera had to function when it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit at the airport, and then be subjected to minus 70 degrees at cruise altitude. The camera itself had to be cooled to a constant temperature, no matter the extremes of tem- perature outside the airplane. The EVS camera is mounted in a small bump on the nose of Gulfstreams. It peers ahead through a lens that is heated to prevent fogging up or icing over. The camera is aimed to replicate the pilot’s eye view from the cockpit. The other key element to the success of EVS is the HUD, which Gulfstream was first to offer in a business jet. Like the infrared camera, the HUD, a special glass lens mounted ahead of the pilot’s eyes, has roots in the military. The magic of the HUD is that numbers and symbols—and the EVS image— can be projected onto the lens, but the pilot 60 Nonstop By Gulfstream How EVS Came to Light Gulfstream’s enhanced vision technology caused the FAA to set new safety standards. By J. Mac McClellan { stick and rudder } KathyAlmand GULF.ss11.EVS.indd 60 9/12/11 12:43 PM