G500 Test Aircraft Finishes First Flight
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the business jet aircraft manufacturer which is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has recently announced that their fourth Gulfstream G500 test aircraft (referred to as T4) has officially joined the G500 test-flight program and has completed its initial flight. Gulfstream’s G500 test aircraft took off at 9:47 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. The aircraft was piloted by Brian Dickerson and Eric Holmberg, while flight test engineers, Mark Mondt and Dominic Pompeo, provided on-board data and test analysis.
said the president of Gulfstream, Mark Burns.
“The first flight of T4 speaks to the growing maturity of the G500 flight-test program and the significant development we completed before we even launched flight test in May 2015,”
“To have four first flights and more than 580 flight hours in just nine months is quite an accomplishment.”
During the first test flight, the aircraft reached a maximum airspeed of 340 KCAS/Mach 0.925 and climbed to a maximum altitude of 15,545 meters, or 51,000 feet. The flight lasted 3 hours and 17 minutes and landed back at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport at 1:04 p.m. local time. The flight crew exercised all of the primary flight control systems, went through a series of engine performance measures, and carried out functional checks of cabin pressurization and air data systems.
“The collaboration between Product Support and Flight Test throughout the G500 certification process will ultimately enhance the support available to operators when the aircraft enters service,” said Burns. “This dedicated service team reflects Gulfstream’s commitment to continuous improvement and ensures we deliver on our promises to customers.”