Windows play an important role in the structure and design of every aircraft. The shape and size of an aircraft’s windows can significantly affect the aerodynamic quality and its overall performance. Plus from a passenger’s point of view, windows can help make a plane ride seem more relaxing and luxurious, depending on the amount of natural light they let and how much of the outside world the passenger is allowed to see. Windows, ultimately, are the main factor in creating an aircraft’s aesthetic, both inside and out.
And as technology and aircraft designs continue to improve the speed, performance and experience of flying, so does the design of the aircraft’s windows. Windows can also be a recognizable signature that defines one jet from another – our PrivateFly flight team can identify an aircraft make and model just by looking at its window shape or the number of windows.
Let’s take a look at what type of windows private jets are boasting now, plus how windows will look on private jets in the years to come.
Gulfstream are well known for their windows, with the oval shape being a trademark look for all of their aircraft and an easy way to identify a Gulfstream from other private jets. Measuring 28 inches by 20.5 inches, the Gulfstream G650 currently has the largest windows in the industry so far.
Despite having these large windows, the Gulfstream’s aircraft speed isn’t hindered by it. Currently, the Gulfstream G650ER is the world’s fastest jet available.
A competitor to Gulfstream, Bombardier’s Global 7000 is set to rival the G650 in the ultra-long range jet category. Promising to be uncompromising in style and performance, its “wow” factor is being marketed on its oversized, rectangular shaped windows. And with 16 on each side (the same amount as the G650), the Global 7000 windows will deliver lots of natural light to create a luxurious, open-spaced feeling to the cabin. First customers will get to experience their window-seat views in 2016.
SPECIAL EFFECT WINDOWS
The shape and size of a window isn’t the only feature that can make a private jet more aesthetically pleasing. The new King Air 350i is now equipped with huge windows that can be electronically dimmed while the windows in a HondaJet (expecting certification in 2015) will self-tint on demand, thus replacing any requirement for window blinds or shades.
Private jet windows aren’t only for the passengers though. An aircraft also has to design front windows for the cockpit that will give pilots the best views, vantage points and visibility when flying. Dassault’s Falcon 5X, which is currently in development, has four large cockpit windows, distinguishing itself from previous Falcon models. These cockpit windows provide pilots with exceptional visibility, including wide-angle views to check wingtip clearance while taxiing on the ground.
WINDOWS OF THE FUTURE
There’s been much debate about how windows will look on aircraft in the future. While some are predicting much larger windows, allowing for more views for passengers; others think that all aircraft windows will disappear altogether.
Recently, Airbus predicted how their aircraft will look in 2050, showcasing a plane structure with panoramic windows around the entire aircraft. This would allow for a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, with windows that can control the amount of natural light let in, the humidity and the temperature of the cabin by providing opacity or transparency on command.
In contrast, there are the windowless supersonic jetsthat are currently in the works. The global design company, Technicon Design, has come up with a private jet design that has no windows. Instead, the windowless private jet uses external cameras to capture a real-time, 360-degree panoramic view of the space around the plane to obtain the feeling that there are windows. Another windowless private jet design proposed is the Spike Aerospace S-512 supersonic jet, which similarly also has “virtual windows”.
By providing private jet designs that don’t include windows, design companies are able to maximize the speed and efficiency of the jet, since windows are the weakest point in any aircraft structure. However, the big question is a psychological one – many passengers don’t like the idea of not being able to have a window to see outside, which is why windowless jets have not yet adopted this design idea.
Which type of private jet windows do you prefer? Would you fly on a private jet with 360-degree windows, or one with no windows at all?
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