EASA Awards G450 Type Certificate

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Gulfstream Aerospace last week said the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded a type certificate for the company’s G450 business jet aircraft. The EASA action allows the G450 to be registered in any of the 25 European Union countries and follows FAA type certification on Aug. 12. Presently, Gulfstream says the first G450 will enter service in the second quarter of 2005. Introduced last year, the G450 is a refinement of the Gulfstream GIV/GIV-SP and features the exclusive PlaneView cockpit, Honeywell's Primus Epic Avionics and Visual Guidance System and Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System. The G450 is powered by two Rolls-Royce Tay 611-8C engines and has a range of 4350 nm. According to Gulfstream, the G450 was developed by the same team that came up with the G550, which won the 2003 Collier Trophy earlier this year. The G450 joins its siblings -- the G550, G500 and G350 -- in sharing numerous common aircraft systems as well as the same pilot type rating. For operators flush enough to afford more than one Gulfstream, this means training and maintenance cost savings.