The thrill of new technology in a Gulfstream G650

I did eventually get back to the jump seat and noticed the Mach indication revealed we were cruising at almost .92 Mach. After four and a half hours aloft, we landed on the West Coast of the United States with zero squawks. My education with this remarkable machine is just beginning and the thrill is back. It is also a fact that the line separating avionics from airframe and engines has been completely erased.

About the only thing I could say was “Gee Whiz, what an aircraft!”


Jim Sparks has been in aviation for 30 years and is a licensed A&P. He is the manager of aviation maintenance for a private company with a fleet including light single engine aircraft, helicopters, and several types of business jets. He can be reached at

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