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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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Third Bombardier Global 7000 jet completes maiden test flight

Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced that a third Global 7000 flight test vehicle (FTV3) has successfully completed its maiden flight.

FTV3 joins a test program that launched in November of last year and which, five months into testing, saw the Global 7000 aircraft set a record as the largest business jet to operate with a top speed of Mach 0.995, the closest to the sound barrier for a jet of this size.

Known as ‘The Navigator’, the FTV3 will be used to test the jet’s advanced avionics and electrical system performance. Bombardier claims it is the first production aircraft to be equipped with a dual head-up display (HUD), which improves operational efficiency and safety in both good and poor visibility, while reducing pilot workload.

Michel Ouellette, senior vice president of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 program, said, “The Global 7000 business jet is a highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art aircraft, and we are pleased that our flight test vehicles have been showing a high degree of maturity.

“Our test program’s development and certification schedule is on track, and the addition of our third flight test vehicle is in line with our commitment for certification in 2018 as we accumulate more flight hours.”

During the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), which is to be held on May 22-24 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, visitors can visit the Global 7000 mockup at Bombardier’s booth (Z110).

May 16, 2017

Written by Kirstie Pickering


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