The G500: A Year of Milestones
The Gulfstream G500 publicly debuted on Oct. 14, 2014. The aircraft was announced and debuted under powered rollout, one of the few in the aerospace industry’s history. Since then, the aircraft has been steadily adding to its list of achievements, highlighted by first flight on May 18, 2015.
The G500 surpassed the 100-hour flight test mark in October and has completed more than 45 missions. The large-cabin aircraft has reached an altitude of 38,500 feet and a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80.
“It’s just really exciting to see how well this aircraft is performing,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “This plane has been flying exactly as expected, which highlights our commitment to quality and our attention to detail. It also reflects the investments we’ve made in labs to support the flight-test program.”
The G500 flight-test and certification program includes four test aircraft, each designated for a specific series of tests ranging from flight performance and controls to load limit validation. The test program also includes one aircraft with a fully outfitted interior to validate the functionality and compatibility of cabin systems when used at altitude.
Initial testing of the aircraft’s handling qualities and static limit load testing on primary structural components and all control surfaces has been completed.
Gulfstream anticipates certification of the G500 in 2017, with entry into service in 2018. The G500 is designed to fly 5,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER.