Second Gulfstream G600 aircraft completes test flight

Gulfstream Aerospace has reported the second Gulfstream G600 spent 4 hours and 26 minutes in the air, completing its first flight and officially joining the flight-test campaign, the company said.

The first G600 flight-test aircraft flew for the first time Dec. 17, 2016, and has already achieved more than 150 flight hours, to include flying 22 consecutive sorties without a single maintenance discrepancy. That aircraft is conducting flutter testing and expanding the flight envelope; the second G600 will soon begin flight-loads testing. Additionally, Gulfstream recently completed ultimate load testing of the G600 structural test article, a key step in the certification process.

Gulfstream anticipates receiving type certification for the G600 from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2018, with customer deliveries scheduled for later the same year.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services, and supports business-jet aircraft. The company has produced more than 2,500 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958, and offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft. It also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream pre-owned aircraft sales.

Falls Church, Virginia-based General Dynamics Corporation operates as an aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four business groups: aerospace; combat systems; information systems and technology; and marine systems.