G500 By Gulfstream On Final Approach For Type Certification Gulfstream announced today that the G500 is on 'final approach' to gaining Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification this Summer. The last and key piece of testing, the Function and Reliability (F&D) testing, that is required for certification is coming to a close. "We share our customers’ excitement about the G500’s pending certification and entry into service," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. "The work we’ve done over thousands of hours of testing will result in an all-new aircraft that performs with a level of maturity and reliability atypical of a clean-sheet design. The five G500s in the program are accumulating considerable flying hours, as planned, and performing extraordinarily well. The rigor and discipline of our program, which began with lab work years before our first flight, give us complete confidence that the aircraft we deliver to customers this year will surpass their exacting standards".