Gulfstream G500 exceeds 2,600 flying hours, 600 flights

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.´s G500 flight-test program continues to make significant progress toward the aircraft´s anticipated 2017 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the company said.

The five G500 test aircraft, including a fully outfitted production aircraft, have surpassed 2,600 flying hours and accumulated more than 600 flights.

Gulfstream designed the G500 interior after extensive customer feedback, and that collaboration continues. Recently, members of Gulfstream´s Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team (ATCAT) spent an hour flying in the fully outfitted production aircraft, which serves as the testbed for the cabin.

The G500 outfitted aircraft has flown more than 180 hours since its first flight Aug. 5, 2016. The other four flight-test aircraft have amassed more than 2,450 hours in the air. The first, which is focused on flight performance and flight controls, has exceeded 1,000 flight hours. It has also achieved a maximum speed of Mach 0.995 and a maximum altitude of 53,000 feet/16,154 meters. 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.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,500 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958.