Gulfstream G500 embarks on world tour
The Gulfstream G500 business jet has begun a world tour to give customers an opportunity to experience the aircraft.
The 12-country tour began this month at Dallas Love Field and will conclude in June. The G500 will stop in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Milan, Moscow, Beijing and Melbourne.
Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, said: “This is a momentous year for the G500, with the aircraft’s planned certification and entry into service.
”It’s an ideal time for customers to explore an aircraft that is already noted for its large, wide cabin, outstanding performance and industryleading technology,” said Burns. “It also gives us an opportunity to thoroughly test and examine the fully outfitted interior as we prepare for the G500’s service entry.”
The flightdeck has the first active control sidesticks in business aviation. It is fitted with a Symmetry Flight Deck, which includes ten touch screens and incorporates a third-generation Gulfstream Enhanced Vision System, Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display and Head-Up Display II.
The aircraft can fly 5,200 nautical miles/9,630 kilometers at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85. At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the G500 has 4,400 nm/8,149 km of range, a 600-nm/1,111-km increase over its projected range of 3,800 nm/7,038 km.
Five G500s are in the flight test programme, with type certification expected in early 2018.