By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
Gulfstream's super-midsize G280 has been certified by the FAA, the company announced on Monday. The G280 can fly up to 3,600 nm and take off from a 4,750-foot runway, an improvement of 1,300 feet compared to the aircraft it replaces, the G200. With a new transonic wing design and new fuel-efficient Honeywell engines, the G280 is faster than the G200, with a top speed of Mach 0.85, and it burns less fuel. The airplane also is now certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. The first delivery will be made to a U.S. customer before the end of the year, the company said. The jet sells for about $25 million.
The cockpit features the PlaneView280TM avionics panel, based on Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion avionics, with three 15-inch screens. The system "is designed to improve situational awareness and safety through its highly interactive controls and interfaces as well as its advanced graphics and synoptics," said Pres Henne, Gulfstream's senior vice president for engineering. The cabin also has been redesigned with new seats, a larger lavatory and more galley space. AVweb's editorial director Paul Bertorelli spoke with Henne about the G280 (at first designated the G250) when it was introduced at NBAA in 2008; click here for that podcast.