Gulfstream G650 close to certification
Gulfstream has said that Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) pilots have completed all the scheduled flying
required for the certification programme for Gulfstream G650. In addition, the
European Aviation Safety Agency test team finished the flight testing required
for its validation of the FAA’s type certification.
The G650 received a provisional type certificate from the FAA on 18 November,
2011, and is in the process of completing the final certification tests with
the FAA to support entry-into-service later this year.
As of July, the test fleet
had flown more than 3,800 hours during more than 1,160 flights.
“These aircraft are
accumulating considerable flight time and are returning with minimum aircraft
issues,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programmes, engineering and test,
Gulfstream. “The maturity of this program gives us the assurance that the
aircraft we deliver to our customers will be of the highest quality standards
expected from a Gulfstream.”