Gulfstream G800 starts flight testing program


Gulfstream’s G800 has successfully completed its first flight, marking the start of the ultralong-range business jet’s flight test program.

The test aircraft registered N800G departed Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport at 9:00am and landed there two hours later. The aircraft made the flight using a blend of sustainable aviation fuel.

Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream said, “The G800 pushes the boundaries of performance even further with Gulfstream-designed aerodynamics and cabin technology, and we look forward to our customers benefiting from the longer range at higher speeds in our exceptional cabin environment.”

The 19-seat twin jet G800 has a range of 9,200 miles (14,800km) at Mach 0.85 and 8,055 miles (12,964km) at Mach 0.90. The aircraft has an is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines.

The G800, which was first revealed in October last year uses Gulfstream’s Symmetry Flight Deck and dual head-up displays featuring the new Combined Vision System. This includes Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision System imagery, further enhancing safety and pilot situational awareness.

The aircraft also features the latest cabin technology, including 100% fresh, never recirculated air, low cabin altitude, a plasma-ionization air purification system and 16 large windows.

“We have announced eight new aircraft in the past decade, strategically timed to capture market demand,” said Burns. “We are seeing great interest in the G800, and this first flight brings us even closer to delivering a Gulfstream for every mission.”

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