Third G600 Ushered Into Flight-Test Program

On Friday, May 5, the third G600 completed its first flight, officially joining the flight-test program. It flew for 4 hours and 35 minutes.

The first G600 took flight on Dec. 17, 2016, while the second flew approximately two months later on Feb. 24, 2017. The third aircraft has a focus on systems tests.

“The consistent execution of the G600 flight-test program is directly correlated to our investments in research and development and is a testament to the rigor and discipline of our processes,” says Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

As the G600 moves toward its anticipated 2018 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, it will undergo numerous systems tests, including field performance to assess handling in multiple runway configurations. Statistics provided during testing are vital in generating takeoff and landing data for the G600 Flight Manual.

“We take great pride in ensuring we deliver on our promises and look forward to our G600 entering service next year,” Burns says.