Some pictures of aircraft cabins and cockpits taken during my visit to the India Aviation show in Hyderabad.
I travelled to Hyderabad on Kingfisher’s all economy and ultra-long Airbus A321 VT-KFW. Took this picture during the descent in to Rajiv Gandhi International airport at Shamshabad. Awash in a sea of red, the cabin crew was very particular that I do not photograph them, and I echo their request for privacy.
At the show, I was invited by some very kind folks at Gulfstream Aerospace to step aboard their G550, probably one of the finest business jets in world. The cabin with every possible luxury is a great motivation to the earn the millions required to purchase and then operate this plane. The interior planning guide for the G550 can be downloaded here. This picture is from the galley looking forward to the cockpit.
The G550 is powered by enhanced Rolls-Royce BR710 turbofan engines, and has a range of 6,750 nm (12,501 km) at Mach 0.80 which is the longest in its class. The G550 features an Enhanced Vision System (EVS), which uses an infrared (FLIR) camera (mounted under the nose above the nose-gear) to display images to the flight crew on a head up display even in severely degraded weather conditions.
The G550 also features the “PlaneView” cockpit, considered one of the finest in the world, which consists of 4 Honeywell DU-1310 EFIS screens, and a Gulfstream-designed cursor control system ….. it’s a pilot’s dream.
A most special thanks to all the team at Gulfstream for letting me inside the G550.