Gulfstream launches systems testing with G600 Iron Bird flight

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said its Gulfstream G600 iron bird recently completed its first flight, demonstrating the company´s continued commitment to research and development and the growing maturity of the G600 aircraft program.

A spatially correct, dimensionally accurate structure that includes a flight deck, the iron bird allows engineers to test the flight control and mechanical systems, including landing gear, brakes and hydraulics in a ground-based lab.

During the 30-minute flight, the G600 iron bird simulated taxi, takeoff and landing as well as maneuvers and transitions at altitude and airspeed.

The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200 nautical miles/11,482 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90. Its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream´s G650 and G650ER.

The aircraft features the all-new Symmetry Flight Deckâ„¢, with active control sidesticks, integrated touchscreen controllers, a next-generation enhanced vision system and Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.

The first G600 flight-test aircraft and structural test article are in production. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2019.

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 2,500 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958.