Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Private Aviation & Premium Travel
First fully-outfitted G600 takes flight

Gulfstream’s final G600 flight-test jet has flown for the first time. Outfitted with a complete interior, the aircraft serves as a cabin testbed to ensure a superior customer experience. 

The aircraft is the fifth to join the G600 flight-test programme since it began in December 2016. 

The G600 took off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport yesterday afternoon and during the 2-hour and 55-minute flight, the aircraft reached an elevation of 51,000 ft/15,545 m and a speed of Mach 0.85, before landing back at the airport.

 “The goal of including a production aircraft in our flight-test programme is to ensure we deliver the most functional, comfortable and reliable cabin environment for our customers,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream. “Our extensive testing will validate design and performance, so we can provide a cabin that exceeds expectations.”

Gulfstream will conduct repeated operations of all cabin systems to evaluate comfort, layout, noise, ergonomics, functionality, passenger interaction and appliance reliability.

To date, the five G600 test aircraft have accumulated more than 180 flights and 790 flight hours.

“We now have 10 aircraft flying in our concurrent Gulfstream G500 and G600 flight-test programs,” Burns said. “That’s a remarkable achievement for business aviation and a first for the company. It reflects the priority we place on adhering to a long-term strategy, investing in research and development, leveraging our ground-based labs and ensuring consistent and steady progress in aircraft development.”

Gulfstream anticipates receiving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification for the all-new G600 in 2018. Customer deliveries are scheduled for later that year.

A wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics of the US, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the G280, the G550, the G500, the G600, the G650 and the G650ER. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales.

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