Second G600 Takes Flight, Joins Flight-Test Campaign

On Friday, Feb. 24, the second Gulfstream G600 completed its first flight, officially joining the flight-test campaign. It was in the air for 4 hours and 26 minutes.

The second test plane completed the flight just 10 weeks after the first G600, which flew on Dec. 17, 2016, the 113th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. To date, the first G600 has achieved more than 150 flight hours.

“The addition of a second flight-test aircraft just 10 weeks after the first demonstrates the rigor and discipline inherent in our development programs,” said, Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

The G600 is proving itself an impressive result of significant investment in research and development, as the first aircraft has already completed 22 consecutive flights without a single maintenance discrepancy.

With the completion of the second G600’s first flight, the aircraft is now preparing for flight-loads testing. Gulfstream anticipates FAA type certification in 2018 and customer deliveries later that year.