Gulfstream G600 begins certification field tests

Gulfstream G600 begins certification field tests

Making progress toward certification later this year and starting customer deliveries in 2019.

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September 4, 2018
Edited by Eric Brothers
Industry/Regulations Inspection/Testing

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s Gulfstream G600, the second aircraft in the company’s family of new ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets, has begun U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification field performance testing.

“We continue to make steady progress toward certifying the all-new G600 later this year and beginning customer deliveries in 2019,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The recent type certification for the G500 is added motivation and inspiration for us to bring the G600 across the finish line and into the hands of our customers.”

The Gulfstream G500 earned FAA type certification and its production certificate on July 20, 2018. Customer deliveries of the aircraft will begin later in 2018.

The longer-range G600 recently completed FAA certification for ice shapes and stall speeds testing. Since first flight, the five aircraft in the G600 flight-test program have accumulated more than 2,290 flight hours during more than 600 flights.

The G600, which made its first flight on Dec. 17, 2016, can fly 6,500nm (12,038km) at Mach 0.85 and 5,100nm (9,445km) at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.925. The aircraft’s all-new interior earned top honors in Private Jet Design at the 2018 International Yacht & Aviation Awards.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958.