G650 takes off
Gulfstream’s new G650 has made its first flight from the company’s factory in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
November 25: Gulfstream’s new G650 large business jet made its first flight from the company’s factory in Savannah, Georgia, USA, but the pilots had to curtail the sortie early due to a “slight vibration in a landing-gear door”.
Test pilots Jake Howard and Tom Horne spent just 12 minutes in the air, but despite the hitch, Gulfstream still claims the flight was a success. “We are pleased,” said Pres Henne, Senior Vice President of the company’s Programs, Engineering and Test section. “Systems were fully operational. The aircraft achieved an altitude of 6,600 feet and a speed of 170 knots. Flight controls and characteristics performed as expected. We consider this flight a success and look forward to pursuing our full flight-test plan,” he said.
The G650 remains on schedule for type certification by 2011, followed by entry-into-service in 2012.
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