Gulfstream Grabs CIS Certification For G550, G500, G450, G350

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While Bombardier was preparing to fly its Challenger 605 for the first time, Gulfstream Aerospace was engaged in obtaining certification from the former Soviet Union of its existing fleet of large-cabin business jets, including the G350, G450, G500 and G550. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) issued its own certificates to Gulfstream, enabling the four models to be registered and operated within the 11 former Soviet Republics that constitute the CIS. The action came after the CIS's Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee first validated existing FAA type certificates, then issued its own.

The CIS's action was made easier by the fact that the G550, G500, G450 and G350 feature virtually all of the same onboard systems and share the same pilot type rating. Although many Gulfstreams already ply the CIS airspace, "These type certificates enable us to further expand the Russian market for Gulfstream business jets -- a market that has already expressed substantial interest in our products," said Bryan Moss, president, Gulfstream. "We are optimistic that CIS business-jet customers will continue to appreciate our products' safety, quality and reliability. It's these characteristics that have made Gulfstream the best-selling large-cabin business jet among multinational corporations for the past 40 years."