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NEWS! - Announcement incoming Gulfstream G550 by AKD Studio

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NEWS! - Announcement incoming Gulfstream G550 by AKD Studio


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Everyone wants a private Gulfstream Jet, as they are top of the tree in egomania (Elon Musk has one). Oddly there are very few Gulfsteams in X-Plane, a few but not one really worthy of our talents.

A new developer in AKD Studio's has announced a G550 version to be released on October 28th 2022, the price will be US$31.95, but in that you will get both an X-Plane 11 and X-Plane 12 versions.


A variant of the Gulfstream V or GV -SP with a new flightdeck display system, airframe aerodynamic and engine improvements and the main entry door is moved forward, the aircraft is marketed as the G-550.


Compared to the Gulfstream V, drag reduction details boost range by 250 nmi (460 km) and increase fuel efficiency. Maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is increased by 500 lb (230 kg) and takeoff performance is enhanced. A seventh pair of windows is added and the entry door is moved 2 ft (0.61 m) forward to increase usable cabin length. The PlaneView flight deck features cursor control devices, Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, standard head-up guidance system by Rockwell Collins and enhanced vision system by Elbit, improving situational awareness in reduced visibility conditions.


Initial long-range cruise altitude is FL 400-410, first hour fuel burn is 4,500–5,000 lb (2,000–2,300 kg) decreasing for the second hour to 3,000 and 2,400 lb (1,400 and 1,100 kg) for the last hour. Flight hourly budget is $700-950 for engine reserves, $250 for parts and 2.5 maintenance hours. It competes against the Bombardier Global 6000, which has higher direct operating costs and less range but a more spacious cross section, and the Dassault Falcon 7X with fly-by-wire flight controls, better fuel efficiency and a wider but shorter cabin.




There has to date not much been announced in features by AKD, but there is a nice tablet with built-in AviTab, Fuel Page, Static Elements, GPU, Performance Calculator, Checklists, X-Plane 12 effects and more. The AKD G550 will be available from the X-Plane.OrgStore...


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NEWS! by Stephen Dutton

18th October 2022

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