Colloquium: May 3, 2016

The success of the G650 and its influence on future Gulfstream aircraft

Angel Barboza

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Pearl Young Theater

photo of the G650 business jet and the Collier Trophy


The G650 was developed to address a customer demand for a purpose-built business aircraft with a larger cabin that could fly further at faster speeds than the aircraft at the time. The result earned Gulfstream the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2014 for significant technological advances in aircraft performance, cabin comfort, and safety. Gulfstream continues to advance and leverage technology on its current development programs, the G500 and G600, while exploring the technologies needed to exceed customer expectations on future programs.


Mr. Barboza earned a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and an M.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He worked for 14 years at Boeing Commercial as an Aerodynamics Stability and Control Engineer. He made significant accomplishments on the 777 flight test/certification and on the sized control surfaces on the 787. He was the Aircraft Configuration Leader on the 787-9, where he was responsible for the configuration control, configuration maturity plan, and the airplane-level integration to achieve a Firm Configuration. He has worked 6 years at Gulfstream, where he is the Engineering Director for Preliminary Design and Core Aerodynamics. He is responsible for conceptual and preliminary designs of future aircraft: all new, derivative, special missions, and supersonic. He is responsible for integrating R&D and technology roadmaps to product strategy, conducting competitive analysis, and conducting “what if” scenarios. He has focused on advancing the tools and methods for predictive capability in applied aerodynamics, aircraft performance, and flight dynamics.