The second and third aircraft (T2 and T3) have joined the Gulfstream G500 flight test campaign, having completed their initial flights. The G500 is part of Gulfstream’s new family of clean-sheet aircraft, the G500 and G600, and the first of the two to begin flight tests.
T1 is focused on flight performance and controls. Along with flight loads validation, T2 is concentrating on aircraft performance and systems testing. T3 is testing most of the features of the new Symmetry Flight Deck and evaluating the ice-protection system performance, landing gear and nosewheel steering operation, environmental control system performance and various other mechanical systems.
The G500 and G600 cabins will carry up to 19 passengers, and feature a cabin altitude of 4,850ft at FL510 and 100% fresh air. Gulfstream expects the G500 to receive type certification from the FAA and EASA in 2017, and to enter service in 2018.
November 25, 2015