Gulfstream Aerospace announced on February 24, 2017, that the second Gulfstream G600 had completed its first flight, spending 4 hours and 26 minutes in the air and officially joining the flight-test campaign.
The first G600 flight-test aircraft flew for the first time on December 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.
March 1, 2017