Parker Aerospace has supplied fully digital, three-axis fly-by-wire flight control system for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s Gulfstream G600 twin-engine, long-range business jet, which received its type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in June 2019.
The global leader in motion and control technologies, Parker worked closely with Gulfstream during the development and certification process, ensuring that the G600’s primary and secondary flight control system components demonstrated compliance with airworthiness requirements. “This is an exciting milestone for Gulfstream, and Parker is proud of its joint accomplishments on the G600,” said Drexel Pope, director of new development programs at the Control Systems Division of Parker Aerospace. “The success of the digital flight control system with electric backup hydraulic actuators on this sophisticated aircraft follows the recent achievements Parker realized on the Gulfstream G500, which received its FAA type certification in July 2018 and entered into service that September.”
The architecture of G500 helped accelerate the development of G600 as it shared the same flight control system and provided Gulfstream with additional benefits such as proven design and reliability. The Parker fly-by-wire control system comprises a suite of electrohydraulic and electronic equipment providing command and monitoring capabilities to assist the aircraft in its various mission profiles. Also, Parker provides a wide range of other equipment to the G500 and G600 aircraft, including equipment used in the fuel and hydraulic systems as well as their Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 series engines.