G600 takes to the skies

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The Gulfstream G600 has completed its first flight, officially kicking off the aircraft’s flight test program. Two additional G600 test aircraft have been inducted into the flight test center in anticipation of their flights in early 2017.

“Launching the G600’s flight test program is a milestone for us and our customers, who have guided the vision for this aircraft from the beginning,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We look forward to delivering this aircraft to them in 2018. Today’s flight, which went flawlessly, represents a significant step forward in the journey to certification and delivery.”

The flight, on December 17, 2016, lasted for 2 hours and 53 minutes. The aircraft was piloted by Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Todd Abler, with flight test engineer Nathaniel Rutland providing onboard support. “This flight went exactly as anticipated, thanks in large part to the investments we have made in our ground-based laboratories,” said Burns. “This flight is the perfect way to wrap up 2016 and set the tone for a successful 2017.”

The G600 can accommodate up to four living areas and features satellite communications, high-speed internet, 14 windows and 100% fresh air. The aircraft can travel 6,200 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nautical miles at Mach 0.90. Its maximum operating speed is Mach 0.925, the same as the flagship G650ER.

December 20, 2016

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