Julius Mwale: Inside The Private Jet Linked To The Richest Man In Western Kenya

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Julius Mwale: Inside The Private Jet Linked To The Richest Man In Western Kenya
Collage image of Julius Mwale and the Gulfstream G450 jet linked to him. |Courtesy| Miss Trudy YouTube|

Julius Mwale is a US-based serial investor and technology entrepreneur who hails from Kakamega, Kenya. The former Kenya Airforce man who boasts vast experience in technology research and internet infrastructure is the founder of SBA Technology, a biometrics company based in New York.

Mwale boasts an amazing story of how he came from nothing to become a billionaire. The adage, “from rags to riches’ best describes the businessman’s life. He is the proprietor of the multi-billion Mwale Medical and Technology City – a community-owned sustainable metropolis located in Butere Sub-county, Kakamega, Kenya.

The billionaire businessman owns a number of properties which include a palatial home in the opulent Bedford area in New York.

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He is also reported to own a private jet which he uses to fly around in. Here is a profile of the plane as researched and told by WoK.

Julius Mwale: Inside The Private Jet Linked To The Richest Man In Western Kenya
File image of the Gulfstream G450 private jet linked to businessman Julius Mwale. |Courtesy| Miss Trudy YouTube|

Mwale’s Jet

In a recent interview with Miss Trudy on her YouTube channel, Mwale took the content creator on a flight in a private jet he has been reported to own.

The plane is a Gulfstream G450 with a black exterior and white interior. The plane is not only the best large-cabin, long-range business jet in its class, but it is also a direct descendent of the storied GIV-series aircraft, the best-selling business jet in the world.

The Gulfstream G450 is a large cabin class business jet which entered the market in 2005 and is part of the current product offerings produced by Gulfstream Aerospace. It is powered by two Tay Mk 611-8C engines producing 13,850 lbf each. The G450 is a complete upgrade of what was already an outstanding business jet. It can reach a maximum operating speed of 587 knots and carry a team of eight up to 4,350 nautical miles at its normal cruise speed of 533 knots. With its intercontinental range, it easily links Dallas with Paris.

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The Gulfstream G450 provides seating for up to 12 passengers in the pressurized cabin. The aircraft is operated by a crew of 2, and features the Honeywell Easy II avionics suite. Operators of the G450 can expect to find an average operating cost of around $4,747 per hour. The Gulfstream G450’s cockpit features the same advanced technology found on all other large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft.

Julius Mwale: Inside The Private Jet Linked To The Richest Man In Western Kenya
File image of the Gulfstream G450 private jet linked to businessman Julius Mwale. |Courtesy| Miss Trudy YouTube|

The PlaneView cockpit is considered to be the most advanced flight deck in business aviation, and the avionics suite presents critical flight status information on 14-inch liquid crystal display screens arranged in a landscape format. Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System, a standard feature, enhances situational awareness significantly by presenting pilots with a clear picture of runway markings, taxiways, and the surrounding landscape at night or in deteriorating weather conditions. Gulfstream also offers the Synthetic Vision Primary Flight Display as an option to increase the level of safety.

Operators may choose from six interior configurations to personalize their Gulfstream G450 cabin. Individual cabin designs will comfortably accommodate up to 16 passengers. Whatever the configuration, passengers will appreciate the abundant sunshine streaming through Gulfstream’s signature oval windows, the 100 per cent fresh air, and the advanced soundproofing that envelops the living environment in new levels of quiet.

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The jet has a bathroom. It also has a fully customised kitchen with a glass cellar, tea maker, sink, and other utensils.

It also has additional storage throughout the cabins. The cabins can also be bunkers and sleeping quarters. The plane seats be adjusted in any direction, offering maximum comfort for the passengers.

The jet also has temperature control that can be regulated using a mobile phone.

According to reports, the average price of the Gulfstream G450 is $17,300,000 (approximately Ksh2 billion).

Technical Specifications

Exterior

  • Exterior Height: 25 ft 2 in
  • Wing Span: 77 ft 10 in
  • Length: 89 ft 4 in

Interior

  • Cabin Height: 6 ft 2 In
  • Cabin Width: 7 ft 4 In
  • Cabin Length: 40 ft 4 In
  • Cabin Volume: 1523 cu ft
  • Door Height: 5 ft 0 In
  • Door Width: 3 ft 0 In
  • Internal Baggage: 169 cu ft

Occupancy

  • Crew: 2
  • Passengers: 14

Operating Weights

  • Max T/O Weight: 74600 Lb
  • Max Landing Weight: 66000 Lb
  • Operating Weight: 43200 Lb
  • Fuel Capacity: 29281 lbs Lb
  • Payload Useful: 32000 Lb
  • Payload W/Full Fuel: 2500 Lb
  • Max Payload: 5800 Lb

Range

  • Normal Range: 4100 nm
  • Max Range: 4350 nm
  • Service Ceiling: 45000 ft

Distances

  • Takeoff Distance: 5600 ft
  • Balanced Field Length: 5770 ft
  • Landing Distance: 3260 ft

Performance

  • Rate of Climb: 3760 fpm
  • Climb Rate One Engine Inop: 712 fpm
  • Max Speed: 586 kts
  • Normal Cruise: 476 kts
  • Economy Cruise: 533 kts
  • Avionics: Gulfstream PlaneView

Power Plant

  • Engines: 2
  • Engine Mfg: Rolls Royce
  • Engine Model: TAY MK 611-8C
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