G500 jet receives double certification


Gulfstream’s G500 business jet has received its type certification and production certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

These first completed G500 deliveries are planned for later this year.

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream said, “Receiving the type certification and production certificate on the same day speaks to the rigor inherent in the G500 program and the commitment to excellence of the entire Gulfstream team.

“The tens of thousands of lab hours, combined with more than 5,000 hours we’ve flown the five G500 flight-test aircraft will help ensure we deliver a high-performing, reliable, mature aircraft to customers.”

The G500 is the first clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft to receive its type and production certificates on the same day.

During the G500 certification program, test aircraft demonstrated a take off distance of just 5,200ft (1,585m), 200ft (61m) less than was originally predicted the design would require.

The G500 offers active control sidesticks, 10 touchscreens in the flight deck and a third-generation Enhanced Vision System to increase pilot awareness in low visibility. The Symmetry Flight Deck also includes Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display and Head-Up Display II.

The G500 is the first aircraft certified to use enhanced vision to land and the first business aircraft certified to Stage 5 noise standards.

The certified G500 can fly 5,200nm (9,630 km). At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the G500 will fly 4,400nm (8,149km).

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