G500 Completes Ultimate Load Testing
The Gulfstream G500 has completed ultimate load testing, certifying the aircraft’s structural integrity.
Carried out over five months, the aircraft’s major structural components were tested to confirm that they can withstand the maximum amount of force they could see during their service.
The ultimate load represents 150 percent of limit load; limit load is the maximum load level that an aircraft should experience once during its time in service.
Testing focused on the aircraft’s fuselage, wing, vertical and horizontal stabilizers and control surfaces. There were eight primary test conditions, including wing up and down bending, horizontal up and down bending and wing torsion.
Within the year, the G500 will begin a multiyear fatigue program that will simulate three lifetimes of airframe operation.