Gulfstream’s G500 takes flight

The first flight of the G500 takes off at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. (Gulfstream)
The first flight of the G500 takes off at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. (Gulfstream)

Gulfstream’s newest business jet the G500 has successfully completed its maiden flight as part of the aircraft’s certification program.

The G500 test aircraft N500GA took off from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 1039 local time on May 18 and was in the air for two hours and 16 minutes, Gulfstream said in a statement.

Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Kevin Claffy and flight test engineer Bill Osborne took the G500 to a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet or 4,572 metres, and flew the aircraft at a maximum air speed of 194 knots.

“The crew exercised all primary flight control systems; evaluated handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations; performed a simulated approach and go-around; and checked all systems using the Symmetry flight deck touchscreen controllers,” Gulfstream said.

The Gulfstream G500, which seats up to 18 people, had a range of 9,260km and a cruising speed of Mach 0.9, was launched in October 2014 alongside sister-ship the G600.

The company said about 34,000 hours of ground testing has been completed before the May 18 first flight.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA engines which power the G500 received certification from Transport Canada in February.

Gulfstream planned to have five aircraft for the G500’s flight test program, including a fully outfitted production aircraft.

The Savannah-based company was expecting to receive type certification for G500 from the US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency in 2017, with entry-into-service planned for the following year.


Australian Aviation

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