G500, G600 Update (Corrected)
Gulfstream’s latest aircraft, the G500 and G600, are performing well in certification flight testing. At a news conference at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas on Monday President Mark Burns said the simultaneous development of two new airframes is an example of the company’s maturity after 50 years of business jet manufacturing in Savannah. “It’s part of our culture of continuous improvement,” Burns said. He said performance projections for the aircraft have improved since their introduction a couple of years ago and will continue to be tweaked upward as more testing is done.
The G500 is nearing certification and is planned to achieve the steep approach (6 percent) approval needed to serve London City Centre Airport, which has become a benchmark for business jet development. First deliveries of the 500 are expected by mid 2018. The G600 first flew 10 months ago and there are now five test articles in the air. One of the G600s was flown to Henderson Executive Airport for the NBAA static display.
An earlier story incorrectly reported the delivery schedule and steep approach certification plans for the G500.