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News: Gulfstream G600 Progresses Towards First Flight

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  1. Gulfstream G600 Nears First Flight

    The first G600 test aircraft has been delivered to the Flight Test Center in Savannah for instrumentation and has completed ground vibration testing. Four additional test aircraft, including one that will be outfitted with a full interior, are in various stages of production, ranging from fuselage joining to systems testing. The G600 structural test article is complete and that testing has begun. “We are moving steadily toward the first flight of the G600 on all fronts,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We’ve accomplished several milestones, including producing the first aircraft, installing flight-test instrumentation, powering up the aircraft and conducting ground tests. All of the lab testing we’ve done has met our expectations and helped prepare us for a successful flight-test program. We’re looking forward to seeing the G600 in the skies over Savannah soon.”
  2. Common technology developed for the G500 and G600, including the Symmetry Flight DeckTM and other systems, will allow the G600 flight-test program to capitalize on the work being accomplished as part of G500 flight test. To date, the five G500 aircraft flying in the program have completed more than 1,750 hours of testing. The G600 can travel 6,200 nautical miles/11,482 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90, and its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925, the same maximum speed as the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER. The aircraft share many of the same amenities inside the cabin, too, including four living areas, the largest windows in business aviation, the lowest cabin altitudes in the class and the quietest sound levels. The G600 is projected to enter service in 2018, ahead of schedule.

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    Gulfstream Aerospace
    500 Gulfstream Road
    Savannah, GA 31407

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