Latest update on G700 flight test programme


The new Gulfstream G700 is continuing to make flight test milestones towards certification and customer deliveries, Gulfstream Aerospace announced.

The aircraft recently accomplished several certification test points in coordination with the US FAA, all of which confirm the aircraft’s performance characteristics.

Gulfstream said the G700 demonstrated excellent stability and control in take-off, landing and climbing during field performance and flying qualities trials during two months of testing at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. The aircraft also finished water ingestion testing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, with touchdown and taxi manoeuvres in standing water at take-off and landing speeds ranging from 60-120kts. In addition, in flyover noise testing, the G700 has proven sound levels well below FAA regulations.

“The G700 continues to exceed our expectations throughout all facets of the flight test programme,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “At the same time, even more customers around the globe are seeing the real-world performance features and benefits the aircraft provides in terms of efficiency, speed and safety, while experiencing the immense comfort of the cabin first-hand.”

The G700 programme extended its world speed record accomplishments as one of the fully outfitted test aircraft made customer visits throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. Building on the 25 records the aircraft achieved during its 2022 world tour, the G700 headed into EBACE 2023 in Geneva setting a city-pair speed record from Mumbai in 8 hours and 34 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.90.

Additional new speed records include Savannah to Tokyo in 13 hours at an average speed of Mach 0.89 on sustainable aviation fuel. Others at an average speed of Mach 0.90 include Tokyo to Seoul in 1 hour, 53 minutes; Seoul to Manila in 3 hours, 23 minutes; Manila to Singapore in 2 hours, 53 minutes; and Bangkok to Amalty in 6 hours, 42 minutes.

In total, the G700 flight test aircraft have established more than 40 speed records around the world.

The latest G700 speed records are pending approval by the US National Aeronautic Association and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.

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