Gulfstream Aerospace’s super-midsize G280 has been cleared for operations at France’s Airport of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez in La Môle (LFTZ). The aircraft recently flew several takeoff and landing demonstrations at the short-field airport’s lone runway, which measures 3,871 by 98 feet. To begin operations, G280 crews must complete French Civil Aviation Authority-approved ground, simulator, and aircraft training within six months of the first flight to La Môle. No aircraft modifications will be required for operational approval.
“Given its prime location in the south of France, we are pleased to unlock this destination for G280 customers,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream. “The aircraft offers long-proven short-field performance, which is required for this airfield, as well as competitive range access when departing from La Môle to all of Europe and northern Africa.”
In addition to the short-field performance required for La Môle, the G280 has steep-approach capability, opening access to some of the world’s most challenging airports. It is certified to the FAA’s Stage 5 noise standards, offers multiple floorplan options, and seats up to 10. It features a four-place conference table, Gulfstream’s cabin management and high-definition entertainment systems, 19 large oval cabin windows, access to baggage at high altitudes, and multiple connectivity options, including a high-speed Ka-band satellite system.