Gulfstream Aerospace announced on May 5 that the third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft has successfully completed its first flight. The event comes after the first G600 flight in mid-December 2016. The G600 took off at 8:51am from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, USA, and flew for a total 4 hours and 35 minutes.
“The consistent execution of the G600 flight-test program is directly correlated to our investments in research and development and is a testament to the rigor and discipline of our processes,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We take great pride in ensuring we deliver on our promises and look forward to our G600 entering service next year.”
The aircraft will undergo numerous system tests required for its anticipated 2018 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration, including field performance testing to assess handling in multiple runway configurations. The tests provide vital statistics needed to generate take-off and landing data for the Flight Manual’s environmental conditions and configurations.
May 10, 2017