G500 on Track for Certification
The Gulfstream G500 is steadily progressing through the flight-test program toward its anticipated 2017 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. The five G500 test aircraft have now amassed more than 600 flights with flight time surpassing 2,600 hours.
“The maturity, discipline and rigor of our program give us great confidence as we look forward to our first delivery,” says Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.
The G500 interior was designed after extensive customer feedback and that collaboration continues. Members of Gulfstream’s Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team recently flew aboard the fully outfitted production aircraft, which itself has flown more than 180 hours since its first flight Aug. 5, 2016.
The other G500 flight-test aircraft have surpassed a combined 2,450 flight hours. The first, focused on flight performance and controls, has amassed more than 1,000 flight hours, climbed to 53,000 feet and achieved a maximum speed of Mach 0.995.
The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90.