G600 Completes 13-Hour, 5-Minute Endurance Flight
The third Gulfstream G600 recently completed a 13-hour, 5-minute endurance flight, the longest since the aircraft's flight-test program began in December. The flight was completed less than two weeks after the aircraft flew for the first time.
“A 13-hour endurance flight so soon after this test article’s first flight is strong evidence of the G600 program’s maturity and the aircraft’s capabilities,” says Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “This milestone is easily traced back to the work done in our ground-based laboratories before the G600 took to the air.”
The three G600 aircraft have amassed more than 460 flight hours and more than 100 flights since the model’s first flight on Dec. 17, 2016.
Both the G500 and G600 flight-test programs continue to make steady progress as the aircraft move toward Federal Aviation Administration certification and entry into service in 2017 and 2018, respectively.