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Beechcraft Avionics, Gulfstream G650ER and G280 at Paris Airshow, Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet, Embraer Legacy 500

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

News about Beechcraft Avionics, Gulfstream G650ER and G280 at Paris Airshow, Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet, Embraer Legacy 500

Beechcraft, Rockwell Collins Talk Avionics Upgrade

Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics flight deck is making its way onto the factory line for Beechcraft’s King Air turboprop aircraft. The two companies announced at the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) last week that the avionics suite will soon be offered as standard equipment on board the business jets, with touchscreen Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and an array of improvements to enhance operations and ease strain on King Air pilots.

Pro Line Fusion King Air flight deck display

 

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Gulfstream at Paris Air Show

The Gulfstream G650ER and G280 will be on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show, June 15 through 21.

Gulfstream G650ER

Gulfstream G280

 

BusinessAviationVoice: Embraer Lands Charter-Related Sales

While airlines specialize in selling transportation by the seat, a growing number of commercial carriers around the world are discovering that selling charter flights can be a lucrative means of generating additional revenue—and provide business jet manufacturers with an ancillary market.

Embraer Executive Jets is one of the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that are taking advantage of airlines’ desire to expand or enter the charter business.

Middle East Airlines—Airliban (MEA) recently placed an order for one midsize Legacy 500 and an option for a second aircraft of the same model.

Embraer Legacy 500 for charter

Continue Reading about Embraer on Forbes.com »

Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet

Aerion Corporation’s board of directors has authorized the sale of the AS2 aircraft at a price of $120 million in 2015 dollars. The initial 50 launch customers will receive preferential pricing and other benefits available only for this first tranche of orders. “This is another step forward for Aerion,” noted Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. “We are offering a select group of forward thinking business aviation users the opportunity to fly faster and to make history with us as we reintroduce commercial supersonic flight.”

AS2-AERIAL supersonic business jet

Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet Cabin

AS2 Supersonic business jet engines

Continue Reading On aerionsupersonic.com (pdf) »

Gulfstream G280 Adds Another Speed Record to Books, G650ER and G450 at Paris Air Show Today

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Gulfstream at Paris Air Show

Gulfstream G650ER is at Paris Air Show

The Gulfstream G650ER and G450 will be on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show, June 15 through 21.

Gulfstream G450 is at Paris Airshow

Gulfstream G280 Adds Another Speed Record to Books

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the Gulfstream G280 recently added to its growing list of city-pair records, this time linking Paris with Abu Dhabi.

Gulfstream G280 sets record

On April 24, the super mid-sized aircraft traveled from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. The distance of 2,908 nautical miles/5,386 kilometers was covered in 6 hours and 16 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.82.

Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the G280’s 51st city-pair mark will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for consideration as a world record.

Gulfstream G280

“It’s a testament to the G280’s many attributes that we’ve delivered more than 60 of these aircraft to operators in 11 countries,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G280 had the best range, speed, fuel efficiency and cabin comfort in its class when it entered the marketplace in November 2012, and nothing has changed. It is also one of the most reliable aircraft in the industry.”

Originally projected to fly 3,400 nm/6,297 km, the G280 surpassed expectations by 200 nm/370 km, resulting in more city-pair connections, excellent fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for customers. The aircraft has tremendous performance capabilities and a superior cabin with the Gulfstream-designed cabin management and high-definition entertainment systems, industry-leading sound levels, 19 super-sized windows and in-flight access to the baggage compartment.

Continue Reading On gulfstreamnews.com »

Private Jets for Sale Charter: Falcon 8X, G650ER, Citation Mustang, Hawker 800SP, GV

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Private Jets for Sale – Charter – January 24th, 2017: 2016 Dassault Falcon 8X, 2015 Gulfstream G650ER, 2008 Cessna Citation Mustang, 1990 Hawker 800SP, 1997 Gulfstream V

This is our regular installment of selected private jets for sale (and charter) from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing aircraft for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase a private jet used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private jet. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of private jets and other private aircraft for sale as well as leasing opportunities.

On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 private jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding a private jet for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.

Each of the private jet models you see below can be chartered from JetOptions.


2016 Falcon 8X

SN: 406

  • Brought to you by Avpro Inc.
  • Factory Warranties Transferrable
  • Eligible for ESP & MSP Enrollment
  • Elbit KU-Band Satcom System
  • Aircell Axxess II Satcom
  • Enhanced Vision System (EVS) + Combined Vision System (CVS)
  • Charter Dassault Falcon jet from JetOptions

2015 Gulfstream G650ER

SN: 6157

  • Brought to you by Avjet Global
  • Rolls Royce Corporate Care
  • MSP Gold
  • PlaneParts
  • Aircell ATG-4000 Gogo Biz Hi-Speed Broadband Internet with Talk & Text
  • Honeywell MCS-7120 Swift Broadband High Speed Data System
  • Charter Gulfstream G650 jet from JetOptions

 2008 Citation Mustang

SN: 510-0095


1990 Hawker 800SP

SN: 258196

  • Brought to you by Air 7
  • Owner to deliver with fresh inspections – Weststar – KGJT
  • API Winglets
  • Honeywell Avionics
  • Engines Enrolled in Honeywell’s MSP Program
  • RVSM Compliant
  • CAMP Program for maintenance tracking
  • Charter Hawker 800 jet from JetOptions

1997 Gulfstream V

SN: 505

  • Brought to you by Freestream Aircraft
  • Gulfstream Computerized Maintenance Program (CMP)
  • Honeywell Maintenance Protection Program(MPP)
  • Honeywell Avionics Protection Program (HAPP)
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Gulfstream Special Mission Fleet, Millennials and Business Aviation, Citation Longitude, Embraer Award, G650ER Showcase

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Business aviation is evolving constantly and we always keep up to date with training, education, and news about the business aviation industry to better serve our clients. Following are business aviation news articles and stories from around the world that grabbed our attention this week ending November 25th, 2016:


Gulfstream’s Special Mission Fleet

At least three independently produced business aviation forecasts within the last few months have offered perspectives on everything from trends in market demand to pre-owned airplane inventory. All but lost in this flood of information is where special-mission aircraft fit into the mix.

While the number of deliveries to companies and high net worth individuals are far greater, sales of business aircraft specially outfitted for other applications are still very important. Not only are they another source of revenue, but such aircraft also add to a brand’s cache.

Gulfstream aircraft on display

Gulfstream Aerospace doesn’t exactly have a corner on this niche market, but the OEM seems to be a heavy favorite among governments around the world.

The Polish Ministry of National Defense is an example. It recently signed an agreement to purchase two Gulfstream G550s configured for VIP transport. They are scheduled for delivery in 2017.

The G550 is the most widely used in-production Gulfstream model for special missions and government applications. Its long range and ability to fly at altitudes higher than commercial air traffic appeal to customers, as do its dispatch reliability (99.9 percent) and operating costs, according to Gulfstream.

Continue reading about Gulfstream’s special mission fleet on Forbes.com->


Young Professionals in Business Aviation

For more than a decade, generational transition has been a hot topic in business aviation. As the average age of managers in the industry ticks higher, pundits have given advice on how to hire millennials, how to train them, how to integrate them into teams and what they expect as customers.

Now, the next generation is coming of age. Across the industry, young leaders and entrepreneurs under 40 years of age are carving a niche, and they have a unique viewpoint on the future of business aviation. So NBAA listened.

Millennials and business aviation

“It’s never stagnant. Technology is always changing. Companies are always merging. Business aviation is a very dynamic environment,” said Arthur Ramey, a 28-year-old pilot for Haymon Sports based in Las Vegas and a certified flight instructor. “And the world will continue becoming a smaller place. Business aviation will be even more important in the future.”

Ramey and other young aviation leaders singled out technology as the greatest force driving change in the industry, followed by the demographic shift. They also have a positive long-term outlook for the aircraft market.

AIRCRAFT DEMAND
Looking ahead, Ramey predicted regulatory requirements would put pressure on older aircraft. “You have a lot of older aircraft that will be affected by avionics mandates, noise abatement [requirements] and concerns about carbon emissions, all of which will push them out of the sky,” said Ramey. In turn, fractional and charter operators will continue updating their fleets, boosting aircraft demand.

young professionals and business aviation

“Even if margins on fuel stay low, there’s a strong reason to invest in more fuel-efficient aircraft,” said Avery. “Modern aircraft are great at tankering, so now it makes sense for more operators to have their own fuel farm” and cut operating expenses by fueling at their home base.

Having flown a Gulfstream GIV-SP to more than a dozen countries, Ramey is betting that emerging markets will be an important source of aircraft demand, despite today’s global economic uncertainty.

Continue reading about millennials in business aviation on NBAA.org->


Second Cessna Citation Longitude Takes Flight

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that the second aircraft in the Citation Longitude flight test program has successfully completed its first flight just over one month after the first prototype aircraft took to the skies in October. The flight, piloted by Textron Aviation test pilots Scott Foster and Peter Fisher, lasted approximately 90 minutes and reached all of its performance targets. The aircraft will be used in the flight test program primarily for systems testing, while further expanding the aircraft’s performance envelope.

2nd Cessna Citation Longitude takes flight

“In the 12 months since we announced the Citation Longitude, our team has been right on target in meeting the program milestones, further validating our industry-leading development process,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO, Textron Aviation. “We are coming off of a successful NBAA where we announced increased performance numbers and debuted the prototype aircraft less than a month after first flight – all of which are fueling robust customer interest around the world. The team remains focused, and we are charging into 2017 with great momentum on the program.”

2nd Cessna Citation Longitude takes flight

Cessna announced earlier this month that the Longitude has achieved an improved range of 3,500 nautical miles, an increase of 100 nautical miles, and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds, an increase of 100 pounds, further establishing the aircraft’s anticipated leadership in its segment.

2nd Cessna Citation Longitude takes flight

Continue reading about the Citation Longitude on Textron Aviation->


Embraer Wins Manufacturer of the Year Award

Embraer Executive Jets has been named Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year by BACA, the Worldwide Association of Air Charter Professionals. The award was presented recently to Peter Griffith, Senior Vice President Sales, Europe, CIS & Africa, Embraer Executive Jets , by Richard Mumford, BACA Chairman, in the presence of Robert Walters, a director of Biggin Hill Airport Ltd., the award’s sponsor. Embraer Executive Jets is the first organisation to win this new award, decided by the votes of BACA members across the world, representing over 200 member companies.

“To win a prestigious BACA award is a great achievement, and it’s especially satisfying to win the first ever award in the inaugural year of the category,” said Peter Griffith. “However, what makes this really special is that we won this award based on the popular vote of the BACA membership worldwide; an illustrious group of aviation professionals.”

BACA Chairman, Richard Mumford, said, “I would like to congratulate Embraer on winning the first BACA Aircraft Manufacturer of the Year Award. BACA decided to create this award to recognise the incredible work of aircraft manufacturers in producing outstanding, innovative aircraft, backed up by outstanding customer service. The vote of BACA members for Embraer is a shining endorsement of their aircraft.”

Continue reading about the manufacturer of the year award on Embraer Executive Jets->


Gulfstream To Showcase Four-Living-Area G650ER At MEBAA 2016

Interior Demonstrates Cabin Flexibility And Customization

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is pleased to display three of its business jets at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Show Dec. 6-8 in Dubai. The static display will include the company flagship Gulfstream G650ER as well as the high-performing Gulfstream G550 and the class-leading Gulfstream G280.

The four-living-area G650ER will headline Gulfstream’s presence, showcasing the company’s commitment to exceeding customers’ expectations for customization, comfort and craftsmanship.

Four living area G650ER on display at MEBAA 2016

Customers will have the opportunity to see the three Gulfstream aircraft firsthand and discuss Gulfstream’s advances in innovation, reliability, safety and performance.

The aircraft will be available for viewing outside Chalet A13-14 at Dubai World Central. In addition to the aircraft on display, Gulfstream will have a reception area for customers.

Continue reading about the Gulfstream G650ER showcase on Gulfstreamnews->


 

Private Jets for Sale: Citation X, Gulfstream IVSP, Gulfstream G650ER, Challenger 605, Gulfstream III

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Featured Private Jets for Sale – September 20, 2016: 2006 Cessna Citation X, 1999 Gulfstream IVSP, 2016 Gulfstream G650ER, 2013 Bombardier Challenger 605, 1980 Gulfstream III

This is our regular installment of selected private jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our site as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At GlobalAir, you will find a large variety of private jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 private jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.


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2006 Citation X

SN: 750-0255


1999 Gulfstream IVSP

SN: 1364


2016 Gulfstream G650ER

SN: 6196

  • Brought to you by Action Aviation
  • Brand new G650ER freshly delivered from Gulfstream in Sep 2016
  • Engines Enrolled on Rolls Royce Corporate Care
  • Satellite Communications Systems (SATCOM)
  • JetOptions charters Gulfstream G650 aircraft

2013 Challenger 605

SN: 5927


1980 Gulfstream III

SN: 305


Select Private Jets for Sale: 2009 Citation Mustang, 2002 Citation Encore, 2006 Gulfstream G550, 2016 Gulfstream G650ER, 2000 Global Express

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Featured Private Jets for Sale – May 26, 2016: 2009 Citation Mustang, 2002 Citation Encore, 2006 Gulfstream G550, 2016 Gulfstream G650ER, 2000 Global Express

This is our regular installment of selected business jets for sale from our friends at GlobalAir. They have been in business for over 20 years. Since 1995 GlobalAir has been the world’s leader in listing jets for sale. Their goal is to connect aircraft sellers and buyers and to allow them to find, showcase and sell their aircraft not only locally but to a worldwide market. Some of our aircraft charter clients that decided to purchase an aircraft used GlobalAir.com as a research tool and found it informative and easy to use. Because of the positive feedback from our clients, JetOptions is featuring them on our website as a resource we recommend. They provide a great experience whether you are listing or looking to purchase a private aircraft. At Globalair, you will find a large variety of private jets and other private aircraft for sale, wanted aircraft, as well as leasing opportunities. On a regular basis, we showcase a selection of 5 private jets that are new to the market and are for sale. Finding an aircraft for sale on GlobalAir.com can be done quickly and with ease by using the many different search features they offer. You can search by aircraft broker, aircraft manufacturer, and aircraft classification. They also offer the ability to compare aircraft for sale side by side. Whether you are buying or selling a private aircraft, GlobalAir.com is the place to start.


2009 Citation Mustang

SN: 510-0188


 2002 Citation Encore

SN: 560-0613

  • Brought to you by JBA Aviation
  • Primus 1000 Avionics Suite
  • Airshow 400
  • New Soft Goods October 2010 at Elliot Aviation, Moline
  • To be delivered with fresh Phase I-IV – May 2016
  • JetOptions charters Cessna Citation Encore

2006 Gulfstream G550

SN: 5113

  • Brought to you by GLOBAL JET MONACO
  • Gulfstream BBML equipped
  • Synthetic Vision
  • Enhanced Navigation including CPDLC/FANS 1A
  • ADS-B OUT compliant
  • JetOptions charters Gulfstream G550

2016 Gulfstream G650ER

  • Brought to you by Action Aviation
  • Not been put into service yet.
  • Honeywell Swift Broadband with data compression
  • Engines Enrolled on Rolls Royce Corporate Care
  • JetOptions charters Gulfstream G650

2000 Global Express

SN: 1480


Gulfstream Renewable Fuels Agreement and G280, G500, G550, G600 G650ER News

Monday, May 18th, 2015

There is quite a bit of business aviation news from Gulfstream:

Low-Carbon, Renewable Jet Fuel To Be Used In Daily Operations

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services Inc., recently finalized a three-year agreement that provides Gulfstream with a consistent supply of renewable fuels for its daily flight operations in Savannah.

The fuel is a 30/70 blend of low-carbon, drop-in renewable fuel and Jet-A. It provides the same performance as conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel and requires no changes to factory-standard engines or aircraft. Each gallon of renewable fuel burned is expected to achieve a more than 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, relative to petroleum-based jet fuel, on a lifecycle basis.

“This agreement with World Fuel is a testament to Gulfstream’s commitment to sustainability,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “We were the first in the business aviation industry to fly our full fleet to the National Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition on renewable fuels, and the Gulfstream G450 was the first business jet to cross the Atlantic using renewable fuels.

With this agreement, Gulfstream is expected to become the first business jet manufacturer to use renewable fuels on a day-to-day basis, another step in our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and help our industry achieve its sustainability goals.”

Continue Reading about Gulfstream and renewable fuels on gulfstreamnews.com »

Gulfstream Makes Significant Progress On G500 And G600 Programs

More Than 34,000 Hours Of Lab Testing Complete

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that development programs for its all-new aircraft family, the Gulfstream G500 and G600, are well under way; with two of five G500 flight-test aircraft complete and the remaining three in production. The G500 has completed its operational checks and is undergoing taxi validation prior to first flight.

Gulfstream G500

“Thanks to the hard work, commitment and innovation of our employees, we’ve already achieved several program milestones,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

Gulfstream G600

Gulfstream introduced the G500 and G600 on Oct. 14, 2014, at one of its new manufacturing facilities in Savannah. During the event, the first G500 rolled out under its own power.

Gulfstream G500

 

Since then, Gulfstream has inducted two G500 aircraft into the flight-test center in preparation for officially launching the flight-test program later this quarter. Additionally, ground vibration and structural mode interaction testing are complete; the structural test article achieved limit load; and all suppliers have validated the aircraft safety of flight requirements, clearing the aircraft for flight.

Gulfstream has also started manufacturing the first G600 aircraft, which will be used as part of the four-aircraft flight-test program. Wind-tunnel testing for both aircraft is complete, and more than 34,000 hours of lab testing have been logged. Additionally, the company recently started testing in the G600 integration test facility (ITF) and initiated construction of the G600 iron bird, which will allow full evaluation of the aircraft’s systems and software.

Continue Reading about the G500 and G600 programs on gulfstreamnews.com »

Aircraft Links Casablanca With New York And Dubai

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently celebrated a milestone with the entry-into-service of its first G280 business jet registered in Morocco. The G280 received a type acceptance certificate in March from Morocco’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, whose approval was based on the aircraft’s type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in February 2013.

Gulfstream G280

“We are delighted that this outstanding aircraft has been delivered to North Africa,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G280’s class-leading range, technology, fuel efficiency and comfort have made it a popular choice for customers since it entered the marketplace in November 2012.”

Gulfstream G280

With a range of 3,600 nautical miles/6,667 kilometers at Mach 0.80, the G280 can fly nonstop from Casablanca to New York and Dubai.  The aircraft has tremendous performance capabilities and the most comfortable cabin in its class with the Gulfstream-designed cabin management and high-definition entertainment systems, industry-leading cabin sound levels, 19 super-sized windows and access to the baggage compartment from the cabin.

Gulfstream G280

This G280’s delivery flight to Morocco included an opening-leg journey from Gulfstream’s completions facility in Dallas to Santa Maria Island in the Azores. The distance of 3,572 nm/6,615 km was covered in 6 hours, 59 minutes.

Continue Reading about the G280 delivered in Morocco on gulfstreamnews.com »

Milestone Delivery Reflects G550’s Status As Market Leader

Aerospace Corp. recently delivered the 500th Gulfstream G550. The customer, Abbott, headquartered in Abbott Park, Illinois, has taken delivery of the aircraft.

Gulfstream G550

“The Gulfstream G550 is one of the most capable and dependable business jets in the skies today,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “With an average NBAA Dispatch Reliability rate of 99.9 percent, the G550 consistently proves its mettle as a vital business tool, allowing companies to advance their business around the world effectively and efficiently. Given its best-in-class payload and range benefits, the G550 is also a great value for operators, another reason why this aircraft is the market leader in its class.”

Gulfstream G550

“Gulfstream has been a long-standing supplier of our aviation needs,” said Steven Hawkins, director of aviation for Abbott. “We congratulate them for attaining this milestone.”

The G550 can fly up to 51,000 feet/15,545 meters and at speeds up to Mach 0.885. Powered by two Rolls-Royce BR710 engines, the aircraft can carry eight passengers and four crew 6,750 nautical miles/12,501 kilometers. The G550 cabin can be configured with three or four seating areas and can accommodate up to 18 passengers.

Gulfstream G550

The G550 features the PlaneView cockpit along with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System and the optional Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display, which enhances safety through improved pilot situational awareness. The G550 flight deck also launched Gulfstream PlaneConnect, an advanced system that automatically transmits reports on the aircraft’s condition to maintenance experts on the ground, facilitating a quick resolution of any possible issues.

Continue Reading about the 500th G550 delivered on gulfstreamnews.com »

Gulfstream G650ER Continues Record Run

Aircraft Connects Major Hubs, Claims Two More Speed Records

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently announced that its newest flagship, the Gulfstream G650ER, has connected three cities in record time.

Gulfstream G650ER

On April 23, the aircraft departed London Luton Airport and touched down at Hong Kong International Airport, flying 5,588 nautical miles/10,349 kilometers at an average speed of Mach 0.90 for 10 hours and 27 minutes. The aircraft then departed Hong Kong on April 25 and flew 5,905 nm/10,936 km at an average speed of Mach 0.90, landing at King County International Airport/Boeing Field in Seattle to complete the flight in 10 hours and 25 minutes. Both times, the aircraft landed with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association’s instrument flight rules reserves.

Gulfstream G650ER

“The G650ER sets a new standard in business travel,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “Many of our customers routinely travel these routes. Being able to get them there faster is one of the many reasons why the G650ER is the most capable and technologically advanced business jet on the market.”

Pending approval by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association, the city-pair records will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as world records.

Gulfstream G650ER

In addition to these recent records, the G650ER set two speed records during flight testing in 2014 when it flew from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, at an average speed of Mach 0.86, and then from Hong Kong to Teterboro, New Jersey, at an average speed of Mach 0.865. In February, the aircraft circled the globe with just one stop and also completed the farthest flight in its history, traveling 8,000 nm/14,816 km from Singapore to Las Vegas nonstop.

Continue Reading about the G650ER on gulfstreamnews.com »


Gulfstream G500 Completes First Flight

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, today announced that the all-new Gulfstream G500 successfully completed its first flight. The G500 is part of Gulfstream’s new family of clean-sheet aircraft, the G500 and G600, and the first of the two to begin flight tests.

Gulfstream G500 Completes First Flight

The G500 took off at 10:39 a.m. May 18 from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, with Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Kevin Claffy at the controls. Flight Test engineer Bill Osborne provided on-board support.

The aircraft climbed to an initial altitude of 10,500 feet/3,200 meters and reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft/4,572 m. During the 2-hour-and-16-minute flight, the crew exercised all primary flight control systems; evaluated handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations; performed a simulated approach and go-around; and checked all systems using the SymmetryTM flight deck touchscreen controllers. The aircraft achieved a maximum air speed of 194 knots. It landed back in Savannah at 12:55 p.m. local time.

“The successful first flight of N500GA represents the tremendous investments we have made in the G500 program,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “We have achieved this milestone thanks to Gulfstream’s world-class research and development teams and our commitment to setting new standards for business aviation.”

Years before this first flight, Gulfstream established four labs dedicated to the G500 program

Continue reading about the G500’s first flight»