Gulfstream G650 moving quickly to certification
Gulfstream G650 completes speed, hydraulics and fly by wire flight controls certification milestones. Twelve aircraft now ready for final phase manufacturing
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G650 continues to complete milestones in the flight-test programme, the company
expects to be awarded the type certification later this year from the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
As of 25 January 2012, the
four aircraft in the flight-test programme had accumulated more than 2,675
flight hours over 820 flights. The aircraft is expected to enter service the
middle of this year. It received a provisional type certificate from the FAA on
18 November 2011, with the full FAA type certificate expected mid-year.
“We’re steadily moving
through the test points required for FAA and EASA type certification,” said
Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.
“The closer we get to certification, the more excited we get to put these
planes in the hands of our customers. The G650 is meeting our performance
EASA has finished its
initial evaluation of the aircraft in preparation for certification.