G500 Arrives at EBACE
The all-new Gulfstream G500 made its first voyage to the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in late May. The production aircraft was featured at Gulfstream’s static display alongside the G280, G550 and G650ER.
The aircraft recently completed its longest flight to date when it flew a cross-country mission lasting 10 hours and 6 minutes, covering 4,800 nautical miles/8,904 kilometers across the U.S.
“The G500 flew its maiden voyage before EBACE two years ago, and we have worked methodically since then to expand the test fleet and move the aircraft toward certification later this year,” says Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.
The production aircraft is designated specifically for cabin evaluation, including high-speed data performance. The customer-informed design features new comfort-enhanced seats, forward and aft lavatories and a full-sized galley that can be forward or aft.
“The flight-test crew and all Gulfstream employees working on this program are keeping the G500, as well as the Gulfstream G600, on track to enter service with industry-leading safety, performance and comfort,” Burns says.