Gulfstream G500 Completes First Flight

The all-new Gulfstream G500, part of Gulfstream’s new family of clean-sheet aircraft, completed its first flight on May 18, 2015.

Climbing to an initial altitude of 10,500 feet/3,200 meters, the aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet/4,572 meters during the 2-hour and 16-minute flight.

During the first flight, the crew exercised all primary flight control systems; evaluated handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations; performed a simulated approach and go-around; and checked all systems. The aircraft achieved a maximum air speed of 194 knots before safely returning to Savannah.

“The successful first flight of N500GA represents the tremendous investments we have made in the G500 program,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “We have achieved this milestone thanks to Gulfstream’s world-class research and development teams and our commitment to setting new standards for business aviation.”

The G500 flight-test program consists of five aircraft, including a fully outfitted production aircraft that will allow the company to test all the interior elements and complete integration of the aircraft systems with the passenger experience.