Gulfstream G150 Establishes Speed Record

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Gulfstream on May 3 said one of its G150 flight-test aircraft established the first G150 city-pair speed record, flying 1,575 nm between Tel Aviv, Israel, to Geneva, Switzerland, in 3 hours and 40 minutes. The G150 took off from the Ben Gurion International Airport at 11:00 a.m. local time on May 1. It flew at an average cruise speed of .82 Mach into an average headwind of 25 knots, then landed at 2:40 p.m. local time at the Geneva International Airport. The aircraft then went on static display at EBACE. The G150's flight crew included Scott Evans, Gulfstream chief pilot, and Yoram Geva, Israel Aircraft Industries senior test pilot.

The G150 was certified by both the FAA and the Civil Aviation Administration of Israel on Nov. 8, 2005, and remains on schedule for first customer delivery in the third quarter of 2006. It's powered by two Honeywell TFE731-40AR engines and can fly four passengers nonstop up to 2,950 nm and at altitudes as high as FL450. Gulfstream said it has submitted an application to the National Aeronautic Association to confirm the new city-pair record.