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Gulfstream Aerospace celebrates flight test program milestone

Gulfstream Aerospace has reflected on the first ten flight tests for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 jets. The jets are twin-engine, with the G500 replacing the G450. The G500 has a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,260km) at Mach 0.85, with nonstop flights connecting distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, Los Angeles to London, and San Francisco to Tokyo. The G600 can fly 4,800 nautical miles (8,890km) at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, and seats up to 19 passengers, with room for nine to sleep.

19th September 2017



Dassault's Falcon 5X jet takes its first flight

Fractional-share provider PlaneSense has completed a five-yearly functional test of its emergency fire extinguishing system in its 40,000ft2 hangar at its Portsmouth International Airport headquarters in New Hampshire.

29th August 2017

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Textron Aviation’s fourth Cessna Citation Longitude propels program toward certification

textron aviation cessna citation longitude jet business airportTextron Aviation has added a fourth midsize Cessna Citation Longitude jet to its test flight fleet, moving the program one step closer to expected Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification later this year.

The new aircraft will be used to evaluate the fit and finish of the interiors, the environmental control system, pressurization and cabin technologies.

The jet had its first flight earlier this month from Textron Aviation’s Beech Field in East Wichita, Kansas, which lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft reached all of its performance targets.

Brad Thress, senior vice president of engineering at Textron Aviation, said, “With four aircraft now flying in the Longitude test program in less than eight months, we are demonstrating that our product development processes and teams are second to none in the industry.

“In addition to further systems testing, this fourth aircraft allows us to evaluate the overall passenger experience in the cabin, which is just as vital as the performance and technology in the cockpit.”

The first Citation Longitude flew in October 2016 and, to date, the flight test program has completed more than 200 flights, accumulating nearly 400 hours in the air. With seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat, the jet additionally features the lowest cabin altitude at 5,950ft, a quiet cabin, a 6ft flat-floor cabin, and a bespoke interior.

May 15, 2017

Written by Kirstie Pickering


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