If you’ve turned on a hip-hop radio station within the last year, you’ve most likely heard the popular song “Like a G6” by the rap group Far East Movement. The G6, or Gulfstream G650, is at the pinnacle of the private jet game. It is Gulfstream’s largest, fastest, most expensive jet on the market and, as described by Gulfstream itself, is “the gold standard in business aviation.”
So just how fly is the G6?
First and foremost, the G650 is rocking two new Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, offering better fuel efficiency, higher thrust, lower emissions, and quieter operation. It’s Mach 0.85 cruising speed will allow eight passengers and a crew of four to travel 7000 nautical miles non-stop. That’s Dubai to New York. The G6 is also capable of travelling at “high-speed cruise” (Mach 0.90) which will get you from Los Angeles to London in record setting time. Its MMO, or Maximum Operating Mach Number, is 0.95, making the G650 simply the fastest civil aircraft on the planet.
On top of being the fastest jet on the market, the G6 is also the most technologically advanced. The aircraft comes standard with features designed to improve the levels of safety and situational awareness unmatched by any other jet. The second-generation Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II™, the Head-Up Display (HUD) II and the Gulfstream Synthetic Vision - Primary Flight Display (SV-PFD) are all fully integrated into the system, along with their Triplex Flight Management System (FMS), a 3-D weather radar and many more features designed specifically for this aircraft.
But who really cares about all that noise? Anyone who has the cash to burn on a G6 should expect all that. Let’s talk luxury, yeah?
Gulfstream not only stepped up the performance of its flagship aircraft, the company also paid special attention to developing its interior. The G6 offers the longest, tallest, widest cabin in its class. The company also improved the seat incline, provides more legroom, offers wider seats, more aisle space and a conference table for meetings or meals accommodating up to six people. The larger living space also translates into a larger stateroom which includes a single seat, a double bed, a 26-inch LCD monitor and two windows.
So how fly is the G6? As fly as it gets.