T2 Endures Temperature Extremes
The Gulfstream G500 recently completed climatic chamber testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
Stationed in the world’s largest environmental chamber, the second G500 flight-test article, T2, spent several days enduring temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius to 131 degrees Fahrenheit/55 degrees Celsius.
“The Climatic Laboratory proves to us that we can handle temperature extremes before we take the aircraft to the sky to demonstrate that for the Federal Aviation Administration,” said Anthony Franzel, Aircraft Integrated Test manager for Gulfstream.
Real-world temperature testing will be conducted in Arizona and either Alaska or Canada as part of Gulfstream’s five aircraft flight test program. The chamber tests provide early insight into how well the aircraft will perform in those real-world conditions. With the aircraft chained to the ground inside the facility’s main chamber, the engines are powered up and exposed to extreme temperatures to ensure continued system reliability.
“The chamber temperatures are held static at our test temperature, which is quite a feat considering the engines and auxiliary power unit are operating inside the chamber,” Franzel said.
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