Second Gulfstream G600 joins test fleet
A second G600 has joined the Gulfstream test fleet. The aircraft flew for the first time on Friday February 24, two months after the prototype’s first flight.
The flight departed Savannah Airport at 13:52 local time and headed east into the Atlantic. Following a series of tests the aircraft landed back in Savannah at 18:18 local time, for a total flight time of 4 hours and 26 minutes.
The second G600 is registered as N720GD / msn 73002.
“The addition of a second flight-test aircraft just 10 weeks after the first demonstrates the rigor and discipline inherent in our development programs and continues a cadence of accomplishments that will steadily move the G600 toward certification and entry into service,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Each milestone we clear validates the significant investments we’ve made in research and development, our ground-based labs and our flighttest capabilities, allowing us to deliver on the promises we’ve made to our customers.”
Gulfstream are expecting the FAA to certificate the G600 in 2018, with deliveries to follow later in the year.