Gulfstream delivers first G500 business jet

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Gulfstream Aerospace has delivered the first G500 business jet to a customer in the USA, marking the end of a four-year test and development program.

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream said, “We’re proud of the work we and our suppliers have done to deliver a technologically advanced, all-new, clean-sheet aircraft that exceeds our customers’ expectations and continues the longstanding Gulfstream tradition of excellence.”

The G500 received both FAA type and production certificates on July 20, 2018. The aircraft enters service after more than 5,000 hours flown for the company and FAA development, demonstration and certification testing.

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 larger, longer range G600 jet is expected to be certified by the FAA before the end of this year, with deliveries to follow in 2019.

For an in-depth look at the flight testing of the G500, read this feature in the September issue Aerospace Testing International.

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