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23 October 2014

Thales flies innovative flight control solutions onboard new Gulfstream G500 and G600

The G500 and G600’s innovative Thales-designed flight control computers are at the core of their Fly-by-Wire (FBW) systems.  They will use the latest design evolution architecture, specifically developed to ensure superior performance and safety whilst reducing weight and optimising volume and dispatch rate. The flight computers will also interface with active sidestick controllers, thus making the controls more pilot-friendly.

The collaboration further consolidates the relationship between Thales and Gulfstream which has already seen the development of the highly integrated FBW flight controls on the G650 aircraft, which boasts the most sophisticated fully-FBW enabled system in the business jet industry, and to date still amongst the most reliable and high performing FBW systems in the world.
"After the success of our collaboration on the G650, being chosen by Gulfstream to provide flight control computers for the G500/G600 shows the maturity of Thales’ products, and our commitment to provide on-schedule, innovative, superior quality solutions that yield high value-added for our customers."

Michel Grenier, Thales Vice President in charge of aerospace activities in Canada

Key points

  • Thales-designed flight control computers will be installed on the recently unveiled Gulfstream G500 and G600 aircraft.
  • Thales’ innovations ensure superior performance and safety whilst reducing weight and optimising volume and dispatch rate.
  • This builds on the success of Thales Fly-By-Wire controls for the Gulfstream G650, which boasts the most sophisticated fully-FBW system in the business jet industry.