Gulfstream close to entry into service for G280
The Gulfstream G280 aircraft
is closing in on entry-into-service (EIS). As of 31 July, the three aircraft
used during the flight-test programme have flown more than 2,000 hours over
more than 740 flights. The fatigue test article has completed more than 17,000
of 40,000 cycles.
Serial Number (S/N) 2004 has
received an FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate, allowing Gulfstream to use
the aircraft for marketing demonstration and surveys.
The aircraft has a fully
outfitted interior and has already set four city-pair speed records with
passengers on-board: Dallas to Washington,
D.C.: 502.25 mph; Washington,
D.C., to Geneva:
525.59 mph; Paris to New York:
469.95 mph and New York to Dallas: 489.52 mph.
“We want to ensure our
operators are as comfortable as possible with this aircraft,” said Pres Henne,
senior vice president, programmes, engineering and test, Gulfstream. “This
application is a nice complement to the hands-on training our customers will
receive. The information in the app will enhance their operational experience
and ensure they’re ready to go when the aircraft is. What’s more, they’ll be
able to contribute questions of their own, thereby building up the knowledge
base for the aircraft.”