Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that its flagship, the Gulfstream G650ER (photo), recently received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for private operations. The certification recognizes that the world’s longest-range business jet demonstrates compliance with EASA airworthiness and environmental requirements. It is one of the final steps required for the G650ER to be registered for private operations in a European Union country.
“When the G650ER was introduced, it ushered in additional performance capabilities and offered greater mission flexibility. The aircraft connects more international cities nonstop, which in turn provides increased opportunities for our customers. This certification means more customers will be able to experience the benefits of such a valuable business tool,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream.
The G650ER, an extended range version of the G650, was announced on May 19, 2014. It received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in October 2014. Customer deliveries began one month later, a month ahead of schedule. The G650ER travels near the speed of sound, with a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. At Mach 0.85, it can carry passengers 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers, and at Mach 0.90, 6,400 nm/11,853 km. At Mach 0.90, the aircraft can connect Geneva to Los Angeles in just over 11 hours and London to Singapore in less than 12 hours.
Meanwhile, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s Gulfstream G500 and G600 test programs continue to stride toward anticipated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The four G500 test aircraft have exceeded 1,000 hours of test time, and production of the G600 test articles is well underway.
On the production side, the G600 is making steady progress. Following the first test aircraft’s wing join last month, the empennage has been mated to the aircraft’s fuselage. In addition, the wings for the structural test article were moved to the G600 production facility, and that wing join has been completed.
The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles/9,260 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm/7,038 km at Mach 0.90, while the G600 can carry passengers 6,200 nm/11,482 km at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER.
Both aircraft feature Gulfstream’s revolutionary new Symmetry Flight Deck ™, which incorporates active control sidesticks, integrated touchscreen panels, a next-generation enhanced vision system (EVS III) and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.
The cabins for the G500 and G600 are optimized for safety, comfort and reliability. The aircraft can carry up to 19 passengers, have forward and aft lavatories and include a full-size galley that can be located in either the forward or aft portion of the aircraft. The G500 and G600 feature an industry-leading cabin altitude of 4,850 ft/1,478 m at FL510 and 100 percent fresh air that circulates every two minutes.
The G500 is slated to receive type certification in 2017 and deliver in 2018. The G600 is projected to enter service in 2019.