Gulfstream G500 and G600 Programs On Track
The Gulfstream G500 and G600 continue to stride toward anticipated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.
As of May 20, 2016, the G500 test fleet, which includes four flight-test aircraft, has flown more than 240 flights. The aircraft have surpassed 1,000 flight hours, reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.995 and climbed to a maximum altitude of 53,000 feet/16,154 meters.
On the production side, the G600 empennage has been mated to the fuselage of the first test aircraft. In addition, the wing for the structural test article was moved to the G600 production facility, and that wing join has been completed.
“The G500 made its first flight nearly one year ago, and we have spent the 12 months since then expanding the test fleet and reaching the goals we established early on,” says Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “At the same time, we have made significant progress in manufacturing the five G600 test articles. Thanks to the extensive groundwork in Gulfstream’s state-of-the-art test labs, these aircraft programs are maturing at a consistent pace.”