Gulfstream's G150 Enters Service
Gulfstream Aerospace this week celebrated the newest addition to its fleet -- the G150 business jet. Billed as Gulfstream’s "first true mid-size business jet," the G150 was introduced in September 2002 and certified ahead of the company's schedule. The G150 completed its first flight on May 3, 2005, and received FAA certification on Nov. 7, 2005. The G150 aircraft are designed and built in collaboration with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel. Initial manufacturing is completed in Tel Aviv, then the aircraft are flown to Gulfstream’s Dallas facility for the final phase of manufacturing.
Some of the G150's performance numbers are better than expected, including maximum range and balanced field length. Drag- and weight-reduction efforts took most of the credit, according to the company. The G150 is powered by two Honeywell TFE731-40AR engines and can reach speeds of up to Mach .85 and altitudes of FL450. At a long-range cruise speed of Mach .75, the G150 can fly four passengers nonstop up to 2,950 nm, giving it transcontinental range. Its flight deck is equipped with Collins Pro Line 21 avionics.