Gulfstream G600 takes flight ahead of schedule

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today (December 17th, 2016) announced the Gulfstream G600 has completed its first flight, officially kicking off the aircraft’s flight-test program. Two additional G600 test aircraft have been inducted into the flight-test center in anticipation of their flights early next year.

“Launching the G600’s flight-test program is a milestone for us and our customers, who have guided the vision for this aircraft from the beginning,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We look forward to delivering this aircraft to them in 2018. Today’s flight, which went flawlessly, represents a significant step forward in the journey to certification and delivery.”

The G600 departed Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 1:50 p.m. Dec. 17 and spent 2 hours and 53 minutes in the air. The aircraft was piloted by Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Todd Abler, with Flight Test engineer Nathaniel Rutland providing on-board support.

“This flight went exactly as anticipated, thanks in large part to the investments we have made in our ground-based laboratories,” Burns said. “This flight is the perfect way to wrap up 2016 and set the tone for a successful 2017.”

The G600 has been designed with input from customers to ensure an unparalleled passenger experience. It has the longest cabin in its class, satellite communications and high-speed internet and can accommodate up to four living areas to create distinct yet flexible spaces for work, entertainment, dining and rest. Fourteen panoramic windows  ̶  the largest in the industry  ̶ a low cabin altitude and 100 percent fresh air contribute to the superior cabin environment, helping passengers feel refreshed and rested upon arrival.

The G600 can travel 6,200 nautical miles/11,482 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90, and its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as the flagship Gulfstream G650ER.

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Gulfstream G500 production test aircraft makes first flight

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. yesterday announced that the fifth Gulfstream G500 test aircraft has completed its first flight. The aircraft is the first production test aircraft to be outfitted with a full interior and serves as the testbed for the cabin.

The G500 departed from Savannah-Hilton Head International airport with Flight Test pilots Brian Dickerson and Andy Martin and Flight Test engineer Dustin Johnson on board. The aircraft climbed to a maximum altitude of 48,000 feet/14,630 meters and reached a speed of Mach 0.84 during the 4-hour and 5-minute flight.

“This first flight of our G500 production test aircraft marks another significant event for the G500 program and Gulfstream’s history of delivering on our promises,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “This fully completed aircraft focuses on the passenger experience and ensures that we deliver the most reliable, comfortable and functional cabin environment on both the G500 and G600.”

The G500 production test aircraft is testing the complete passenger experience for form, fit, function, noise and comfort, as well as the passenger interface with various cabin elements. Tests will include repetitive operations of all systems during many different phases of flight. The test aircraft will also be taken through a variety of missions, including overnight trips, hot and cold weather scenarios and turbulence.

“The many hours of interior testing this aircraft will undergo, from galley and lavatory use to comfort and cabin health during long flights, help us hone every aspect of flying on the G500,” said Burns.

The G500 seats up to 19 passengers in three living areas. The aircraft has forward and aft lavatories and a full-size galley that can be located either forward or aft.  The G500 and G600 also feature an industry-leading cabin altitude and 100 percent fresh air that boost mental awareness and reduce fatigue. Gulfstream’s large oval windows, the same size as those on Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER, allow for an abundance of natural light.

With five aircraft now flying, the G500 flight-test program continues to advance. In July, the fourth test aircraft made its first trans-Atlantic flight and European debut to appear at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow outside of London. To date, the G500 test fleet has flown more than 320 flights and more than 1,300 flight hours. The aircraft has reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.995 and an altitude of 53,000 ft/16,154 m. The longest flight clocked in at 8 hours and 24 minutes.

The G500 is slated to receive type certification in 2017 and deliver in 2018. The G600 is projected to enter service in 2019.The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90, while the G600 can carry passengers 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as the G650 and G650ER.

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Gulfstream G280 darts from Michigan to England, setting another record

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. last Thursday announced that its super mid-sized Gulfstream G280 set a speed record between Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Luton, England, completing the flight in just seven hours and boosting the aircraft’s record-setting tally to 54.

The aircraft departed Gerald R. Ford International Airport near Grand Rapids at 7:43 a.m. local time and arrived at London Luton Airport at 7:43 p.m. local time, completing the 3,377-nautical-mile/6,254-kilometer journey at an average speed of Mach 0.82.

“This record demonstrates the G280’s ability to make nonstop transatlantic flights other aircraft in the class just can’t match,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “That translates into substantial time savings for G280 operators.”

Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the city-pair record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as a world record.

The G280 offers the largest, quietest, most comfortable cabin in its class, with two seating areas that can accommodate up to 10 passengers. The outstanding cabin environment features 100 percent fresh air, a 7,000-foot/2,134-meter cabin altitude, best-in-class sound levels and 19 large windows.

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Gulfstream G450 and G550 use renewable fuels for EBACE flights

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. yesterday announced that the Gulfstream G450 and G550 flew from Savannah to Geneva on a renewable fuel blend to join Gulfstream’s static display at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).

In addition to the G450 and G550 flights to EBACE, all of Gulfstream’s Savannah-based demonstration aircraft and the G500 flight-test fleet have flown on the renewable fuel blend.

“At Gulfstream, the foundation of our business is delivering on our promises and setting new standards for the industry,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “In 2011, the G450 was the first business jet to cross the Atlantic using biofuels. The G450 and G550 flights to Geneva are the first transatlantic flights made using our own renewable fuel supply and mark an important milestone in our mission to practice sustainability throughout every aspect of our business.”

Gulfstream established a three-year agreement with its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services, in 2015 for a consistent supply of renewable fuels for daily flight operations in Savannah. The fuel, produced by AltAir, is a blend of low-carbon, drop-in renewable fuel and Jet-A. It provides the same performance as conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel and requires no changes to factory-standard engines or aircraft. Each gallon of renewable fuel burned is expected to achieve a more-than-50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, relative to petroleum-based jet fuel, on a lifecycle basis.

Gulfstream’s supply of low-carbon, drop-in replacement fuel provided by AltAir and World Fuel Services is derived from agricultural waste and is certified to meet the same industry specifications as petroleum Jet-A.

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Gulfstream G650ER certified by European Aviation Safety Agency

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. yesterday announced that its flagship, the Gulfstream G650ER, recently received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for private operations. The certification recognizes that the world’s longest-range business jet demonstrates compliance with EASA airworthiness and environmental requirements.  It is one of the final steps required for the G650ER to be registered for private operations in a European Union country.

“When the G650ER was introduced, it ushered in additional performance capabilities and offered greater mission flexibility,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The aircraft connects more international cities nonstop, which in turn provides increased opportunities for our customers. This certification means more customers will be able to experience the benefits of such a valuable business tool.”

The G650ER, an extended range version of the G650, was announced on May 19, 2014. It received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in October 2014. Customer deliveries began one month later, a month ahead of schedule. The G650ER travels near the speed of sound, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. At Mach 0.85, it can carry passengers 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers, and at Mach 0.90, 6,400 nm/11,853 km. At Mach 0.90, the aircraft can connect Geneva to Los Angeles in just over 11 hours and London to Singapore in less than 12 hours.

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Gulfstream G500 and G600 programs on track

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s Gulfstream G500 and G600 test programs continue to stride toward anticipated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The four G500 test aircraft have exceeded 1,000 hours of test time, and production of the G600 test articles is well underway.

“The G500 made its first flight nearly one year ago, and we have spent the 12 months since then expanding the test fleet and reaching the goals we established early on,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “At the same time, we have made significant progress in manufacturing the five G600 test articles. Thanks to the extensive ground work in Gulfstream’s state-of-the-art test labs, these aircraft programs are maturing at a consistent pace.”

To date, the G500 test fleet, which includes four flight-test aircraft (T1-T4), has flown more than 240 flights, surpassing 1,000 flight hours. The fifth test aircraft, P1, is at the Savannah Completions center, where it is receiving an interior that will be used to test the cabin elements in flight.

T1 has flown more than 500 hours and reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.995 and a maximum altitude of 53,000 feet/16,154 meters. T2 has completed loads development testing and commenced climb performance testing.

The third test article, T3, recently conducted flyover noise testing to demonstrate that the G500 complies with established aircraft noise regulations. The aircraft performed a variety of simulated takeoffs and approaches as low as 400 ft/122 m, while a ground team collected data. T4 has begun testing the updated avionics system.

On the production side, the G600 is making steady progress. Following the first test aircraft’s wing join last month, the empennage has been mated to the aircraft’s fuselage. In addition, the wings for the structural test article were moved to the G600 production facility, and that wing join has been completed.

“The flight-test crew and all Gulfstream employees involved in this program are keeping the G500 and G600 on track to enter into service with industry-leading safety, performance and comfort,” said Burns.

The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90, while the G600 can carry passengers 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER.

Both aircraft feature Gulfstream’s revolutionary new Symmetry Flight Deck™, which incorporates active control sidesticks, integrated touchscreen panels, a next-generation enhanced vision system (EVS III) and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.

The cabins for the G500 and G600 are optimized for safety, comfort and reliability. The aircraft can carry up to 19 passengers, have forward and aft lavatories and include a full-size galley that can be located in either the forward or aft portion of the aircraft. The G500 and G600 feature an industry-leading cabin altitude of 4,850 ft/1,478 m at FL510 and 100 percent fresh air that circulates every two minutes.

The G500 is slated to receive type certification in 2017 and deliver in 2018. The G600 is projected to enter service in 2019.

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Gulfstream grows product support capabilities in Europe

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently enhanced its support for a growing number of Europe-based operators with new company-authorized maintenance sites in Austria and Germany.

The addition of two company-authorized maintenance sites, Jet Aviation’s service center in Vienna and Altenrhein Aviation’s new Berlin line maintenance operation, help support a fleet of more than 220 aircraft in Europe, including more than 30 based in the central section of the continent.

“We are always looking at ways to expand our depth and breadth of services for customers,” Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “Vienna and Berlin are very significant additions to our support network. Each is an economic, cultural and political center, which translates into business jet activity. We are focused on meeting our customers’ maintenance requirements to ensure their safety and security.”

Europe is home to a wide range of Gulfstream aircraft. The large-cabin G650ER, G650, G550 and G450 have proven to be the most popular, representing more than 65 percent of the fleet.

“We are proud that customer response to our aircraft in Europe has been outstanding,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “We are particularly gratified that our flagship G650ER and G650 have been so well-received. We have more than 30 of those aircraft based in Europe, more than double what we had there in the beginning of 2015.”

European-based customers have a convenient location from which to select an aircraft and its interior. The 5,500-square-foot/511-square-meter Gulfstream Sales and Design Center in Mayfair, central London, which opened in June 2013, includes a showroom where customers can select leather, veneer, fabric and carpet for their aircraft.

Gulfstream operators from the United Kingdom to Russia and beyond can rely on a vast network of service and support resources in Europe, including Gulfstream’s service center at London Luton Airport, which opened in 2003. Gulfstream Luton has grown to nearly 280 employees and had its busiest year ever in 2015, with more than 1,300 on-site aircraft visits.

Gulfstream Luton is a certified European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration repair station and holds EASA Part 21 design organization approval, which authorizes its technicians to install and repair avionics equipment and cabin interiors for Gulfstream aircraft registered in European Union (EU) countries. The facility includes a 75,000-sf/6,968-sm hangar and also has maintenance approvals from 19 other civil aviation authorities, including Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, India, Nigeria, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Gulfstream’s EASA-certified service centers — Luton, Savannah and all other U.S. service centers — recently earned EASA approval for the following retrofits:

  • Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ on GVs registered in EU countries. The approval allows operators to comply with worldwide mandates for preferential routing in the North Atlantic tracks region and other oceanic airspace, improving communications over oceanic and other remote routes.
  • UCS 5000 (Gogo Vision) on GIVs and GVs registered in EU countries. The new equipment interfaces with Iridium and SwiftBroadband systems and includes a smart router that provides wireless service to multiple users with a single logon, manages multiple data networks and supports Gogo Text & Talk. This service enables passengers to use their smartphones for calling and texting in flight with their own mobile number, in conjunction with Gogo’s ATG 4000 or ATG 5000 in-flight Internet system.
  • In 2015, Luton technicians and members of Gulfstream’s European-based Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) performed more than 750 road trips to customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. These missions, which are coordinated by Luton, include assisting customers in aircraft-on-ground situations.

In 2015, Luton technicians and members of Gulfstream’s European-based Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) performed more than 750 road trips to customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. These missions, which are coordinated by Luton, include assisting customers in aircraft-on-ground situations.

Along with a growing number of operators, Gulfstream’s large presence in Europe includes its European Parts Distribution Center, which opened in September 2014 near Heathrow Airport in west London. The combined parts and materials inventory in London, Luton and Basel, Switzerland, is nearly $120 million.

Gulfstream’s strong European presence includes factory-authorized Jet Aviation service centers in Vienna, Basel, Geneva and Moscow. Altenrhein Aviation Ltd. in Altenrhein, Switzerland, and Berlin are Gulfstream-authorized warranty facilities.

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