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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



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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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Bombardier’s Global 7000 jet surpasses 500 flight test hours

Bombardier’s Global 7000 aircraft flight test program is progressing as planned and has surpassed the 500-hour milestone. The firm has three flight test vehicles (FTVs) in flight testing and two remaining FTVs are to join shortly, meaning the Global 7000 aircraft program is on track to meet the aircraft’s targeted entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.

Bombardier also confirmed that the first several customer aircraft are progressing smoothly through production, with four Global 7000 business jets currently in final assembly at the Bombardier facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Michel Ouellette, senior vice president for the Global 7000 and Global 8000 program, said, “The three flight test vehicles have been meeting all performance and reliability expectations for this stage in the flight test program, and the pace of testing will continue to accelerate with the two remaining FTVs progressing well toward their respective first flights. The aircraft’s high degree of maturity is very encouraging as we continue to push the limits of every aspect of this game-changing aircraft’s performance.

“With more than 500 flight test hours already logged, the program’s development and certification schedule is on track. Our confidence level is high as we accumulate more flight hours and push toward entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.”

In November 2016, Bombardier began flight testing its Global 7000 business jet with the maiden flight of FTV1, which came close to surpassing the speed of sound, reaching Mach 0.995 during a test flight in March 2017 – the largest business jet to operate so close to the sound barrier. The second flight test vehicle (FTV2) and third flight test vehicle (FTV3) joined the program in March and May 2017 respectively.

The comprehensive testing conducted using the three FTVs over the course of the 500 flight hours has aimed to demonstrate the aircraft’s propulsion, avionics, electrical and mechanical systems. This testing will account for the majority of the certification requirements.

François Caza, vice president of product development and chief engineer, said, “The Global 7000 aircraft’s flight validation program is making steady headway because of the aircraft’s reliable and mature configuration, while in parallel, solid progress of the testing on structural and systems rigs is supporting certification activities as per plan.

“Our highly skilled teams have achieved significant milestones, which include completing hot weather and cold weather environmental tests as low as -40C and successfully demonstrating the aircraft’s long-range navigation capabilities by flying over the North Pole region.”

July 17, 2017

Written by Kirstie Pickering


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