Gulfstream successfully flew the fifth test aircraft in the flight test program for its upcoming 19-passenger G700 business jet last week. Occurring October 23 and lasting 3 hours, 8 minutes, the flight came just three weeks after it successfully flew the fourth test aircraft for the first time.
“The G700 flight-test program is progressing exceptionally well,” says Gulfstream President Mark Burns. “Every day, we come closer to our goal of delivering this revolutionary aircraft to our customers. We are steadily increasing flights, flight hours and the completion of numerous company tests, further raising the bar for business aviation around the world.”
Full Steam Ahead
Gulfstream’s fifth test aircraft flew to 48,000 feet (14,630 meters) and reached a top speed of Mach 0.935. The aircraft’s primary focus is testing avionics. The fourth test aircraft took its maiden voyage on October 2, reaching an altitude of 41,000 ft. (12,497 m) and a speed of Mach 0.89. That aircraft’s testing focuses on avionics, the environmental control system, mechanical systems, electrical power, and hydraulics. The first G700 test aircraft flew February 14, and test aircraft since then have reached Mach 0.99 and a ceiling of 54,000 ft. (16,459 m). Gulfstream notes that in typical flight operations, the jet has a max operating speed of Mach 0.925 and a max cruise altitude of 51,000 ft. (15,545 m).
Gulfstream introduced the G700 in October 2019; the aerospace company says it is “the most spacious jet in the industry with the longest range at the fastest speeds.” The G700 is equipped with Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, and at a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85 has a flight range of 7,500 nautical miles (13,890 kilometers). The jet recently won a 2020 International Yacht & Aviation Award for its G700 Classic Seat, and features up to five living areas, Gulfstream’s Symmetry Flight Deck and Predictive Landing Performance System, and the “most extensive use of touchscreen technology in business aviation.”
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Posted On: 10/27/2020 12:00:55 PM