In The Works: Gulfstream V-SP

 - April 16, 2008, 11:48 AM

Gulfstream rolled out the first fully conforming GV-SP in a ceremony for employees on June 19. Soon after the airplane (S/N 5001) was turned over from production to flight operations to be prepared for its first flight, expected by the middle of this month. The first test aircraft, which took its maiden flight on August 31 last year, is a modified GV that replicates the 6,750-nm (NBAA IFR, eight pax, four crew) GV-SP. The ultra-long-range business jet features Honeywell Primus Epic avionics and 2020 head-up display, four-screen (14- by 10-in. LCDs) PlaneView cockpit and Kollsman enhanced vision system. At EBACE 2002 Gulfstream said it held orders for 40 GV-SPs, which are priced at $45 million (completed). Deliveries are to begin in the third quarter of next year.