The new Gulfstream G500 has received both its type certification and production certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The first completed G500 delivery to a customer is planned for later this year.
“Receiving the type certification and production certificate on the same day speaks to the rigor inherent in the G500 program and the commitment to excellence of the entire Gulfstream team,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.
“The tens of thousands of lab hours combined with more than 5,000 hours we’ve flown the five G500 flight-test aircraft will help ensure we deliver a high-performing, reliable, mature aircraft to customers.”
The FAA type certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design, while the production certificate confirms that the company’s production processes comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The G500 is the first clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft to receive its type and production certificates on the same day.
During the G500 certification program, Gulfstream demonstrated improved performance for the G500, including a takeoff distance of 5,200 feet/1,585 metres, 200 ft/61 m less than originally projected.
The G400 has active control sidesticks, ten touchscreens in the flight deck and a third-generation Enhanced Vision System, optimising pilot awareness in low visibility.
The Symmetry Flight Deck also includes Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display and Head-Up Display II. The G500 is the first aircraft certified to use enhanced vision to land and the first business aircraft certified to Stage 5 noise standards.
Originally projected to fly 5,000 nautical miles at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, the certified G500 can actually fly 5,200 nm/9,630 km. At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the G500 will fly 4,400 nm/8,149 km, which is a 600-nm/1,111-km increase over the original projected range of 3,800 nm/7,038 km.
The aircraft has already earned more than 20 city-pair records, most of them at Mach 0.90. They include flying from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Seville, Spain, in 7 hours and 4 minutes at Mach 0.90, and Geneva to Chicago in 8 hours and 1 minute at the same speed.
The G500 also recently completed a world tour flying nearly 130,000 nautical miles/240,760 kilometers, stopping at 44 cities and visiting 18 countries on six continents in just seven months.
“Our confidence in this aircraft and its capabilities is reflected in our willingness to take a fully outfitted flight-test aircraft all around the world, so customers can see firsthand its quality, craftsmanship and technological innovation,” said Burns.