Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said the G500 has achieved several flight-test milestones, including surpassing more than 100 hours of flight.
The accomplishments come just 12 months after Gulfstream announced the all-new G500 and G600 aircraft programs in an Oct. 14, 2014, ceremony at its Savannah headquarters.
As of Oct. 13, 2015, the G500 flight test aircraft had successfully completed more than 45 missions. The longest of those was five hours and 22 minutes for a total aircraft flight time of more than 100 hours. In the five months since the aircraft´s first flight, it has reached an altitude of 38,500 feet/11,735 meters and a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80.
The G500 flight-test and certification program includes four test aircraft. Each is used for a specific series of tests, with the first aircraft (T1) focused on flight performance and flight controls, the second (T2) on flight loads validation, the third (T3) on avionics, and the fourth (T4) on human factors and supporting systems. The program also includes one aircraft with a fully outfitted interior to validate the functionality and compatibility of various cabin systems when used at altitude.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world´s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,400 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958.