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Gulfstream Aerospace x SCADPro Collaboration

Our team of 11 students researched, ideated, prototyped, and presented Gulfstream with an innovative solution to improve the flying experience for pilots and create a more visually impressive pedestal to appeal to Gulfstream's high-end clientele.

Group Project 

Completed for Gulfstream Aerospace | 2021

Defining the Problem

Gulfstream's Symmetry Flight Deck is the pinnacle of functionality and aesthetics within the aviation industry, but even the best has room for improvement. After receiving feedback from pilots and clients about improving storage, comfort, functionality, and branding within the flight deck, Gulfstream enlisted the help of SCADPro to update their existing center pedestal.

My Role

As an industrial design lead and resource manager for this project, my role included organizing the design team, allocating spending, and recording the project budget.

Project Goals

Pilots are the key to creating a positive flying experience, so making sure that all their needs were addressed while elevating the visual aesthetic of the pedestal was a top priority for our team.

Intuitive

Maintain the relative location and functionality of the existing controls.

Distinct

Create a design that is easily recognizable as Gulfstream.

Luxurious

Appeal to Gulfstream's high-end clientele.

Research

Interviewing

To kickstart the project, the team conducted ten in-depth pilot interviews and facilitated a survey distributed to 36 current Gulfstream pilots.  

10

Pilot Interviews

36

Pilot Surveys

100s

Of Valuable Insights

We asked pilots to describe Gulfstream in three words to understand what Gulfstream means to them:

"Inspiring."    "Elite."    "Exciting."    "Cutting edge."    "Premier."    "Exclusive." "Prestigious."    "Classy."    "Powerful."    "Attention to detail."    "Supreme." "Sophisticated."    "Leader."    "Reliable."    "Safe"   "Simply the best."

Benchmarking

After analyzing our interview data, we created a full-scale mockup of the pedestal with the current dimensions to place ourselves in the cockpit and gain a better understanding of the needs of the pilots we spoke to.

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Ideation

Sketching

With interview data and original pedestal specs to reference, the industrial design team went through multiple rounds of sketch ideation with feedback from Gulfstream along the way.

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Clay Modeling

Following our sketch ideation, we used clay to experiment with ergonomics and brainstorm unique updates for key controls. 

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Prototyping

Scale Model

Once the team narrowed in on a sketch direction, we got to work visualizing it three-dimensionally by creating a full scall mockup to test our ideas.

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Final Designs

Full Pedestal Design

In our final design, we were able to reduce the overall size of the pedestal by half while increasing storage space for the pilots and improving the functionality of the controls.  

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Small storage area for phones or glasses

Primary cup holders

Secondary cup holders

Storage area for larger items such as tablets

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Cursor Control Device

We brought familiar forms into the flight deck with an updated CCD reminiscent of a gaming controller. 

Throttle & Flap Control

With our unique sloped design, we were able to concentrate all the most frequently used controls on the top surface of the pedestal for quick access. 

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Throttle with integrated speed brake

Flap control slider

Gear handle

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Flight control reset

Pitch trim

Yaw trim

Yaw & Pitch Trim

For the aft-facing surfaces of the pedestal, we focused on improving branding and creating a visually impressive design when viewed by clients and passengers in the cabin.

Color, Materials & Finish

An interchangeable, aft-facing trim piece allows clients to match their custom finishings from the cabin to the flight deck without interfering with pilot visibility. 

Final Presentation

Creating an Immersive Experience

For our final presentation to Gulfstream, we invited them to explore our redesigned pedestal by creating a full-scale physical prototype with an accompanying VR experience.

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