G500 European Debut
The G500 recently made its European debut when the fourth test aircraft traveled across the Atlantic to join the Gulfstream static display at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.
In just 6 hours and 55 minutes, the aircraft made its first trans-Atlantic journey from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to Farnborough Airport just outside of London. The 3,732-nautical-mile/6,912-kilometer flight averaged a speed of Mach 0.90 and altitude of 45,000 feet/13,716 meters. Gulfstream’s Scott Evans, Brian Dickerson and Sean Sheldon piloted the aircraft with Flight Test engineers Darren Klaus and Ray Beach on board.
The G500’s voyage to Farnborough marks another milestone in the aircraft’s course to certification. The test fleet has now surpassed 1,280 flight hours over more than 300 flights, with the longest flight clocking in at 7 hours and 35 minutes.
After more than 50,000 hours of ground testing and the recent completion of ultimate load testing, the G500 is poised to begin its multiyear fatigue testing program. The aircraft continues its progress toward a 2017 certification and 2018 entry into service.