With a normal cruising range of 3,800 nautical miles, the G350 will fly from Washington, D.C., to Alaska, from Rio to Miami and from Sydney to Singapore-with eight passengers, two pilots and a flight attendant. At its maximum takeoff weight of 70,900 pounds, the G350’s twin Rolls-Royce Tay engines (13,850 pounds of thrust each) allow it to use runways as short as 5,050 feet (sea level) and climb to 41,000 feet in less than 20 minutes. The updated Tays are about as indestructible as jet engines come, with a recommended time between overhaul of 12,000 hours-about 30 years of average use. The engines also have been fitted with digital controls and tweaked to produce slightly more power and fuel efficiency. Big thrust reversers help bring the G350 to a quick stop, generally in less than 3,000 feet.
The Gulfstream 350 is one of the best performing and most accommodating midsize business jets in its class. Although it belongs in the smaller class of jets, many of its design features come directly from the larger, better performing aircraft such as the 450 and 550. Its fully-loaded cabin doesn’t hurt either.