Gulfstream G500 Platform makes huge Milestone
It’s a big week in Business Aviation as the premier event EBACE15 takes place in Geneva. Leading this week’s business aviation news is non-other than the prestigious Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. who completed their first test flight for the new G500 business jet.Photo Source:Gulfstream
Completed Monday, May 18th, the G500 test flight departed from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 10:39 AM with Gulfstream experimental test pilots and an engineer aboard. During the duration of the flight, the clean-sheet aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA engines, reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet, while traveling at speeds up to 194 knots. The successful test flight lasted 2-hours-and-16-minutes to evaluate flight controls, takeoff/landing gear configurations, handling qualities, Symmetry flight deck touchscreen controllers, and more.
With a price tag of $43.5 million, the G500 has the capability of carrying up to 18 passengers. The first delivery of the G500 is set for 2018, while FAA and EASA type certifications should be completed by 2017. Gulfstream has also started the manufacturing process for their new G600 business jet, which will make its first delivery in 2019. In the meantime, while you are visiting the EBACE show Gulfstream will have static displays of their current production aircraft including, G150, G280, G450, G550, and G650ER.
WireMasters congratulates Gulfstream on this huge milestone for the G500 platform. We are so proud to be a supplier to the General Dynamics Company and look forward to celebrating their future accomplishments.