Gulfstream G250 Edges Closer to Certification

 - May 31, 2011, 11:00 AM

Three super-midsize G250 flight-test airplanes have flown more than 1,150 hours and 400 flights, and the jet remains on schedule for certification later this year, Gulfstream Aerospace said. The Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan received FAA certification on March 18 and delivers substantially lower emissions compared with its HTF7000 sibling. All static, limit/ultimate load testing has been completed on the G250, and fatigue testing is under way. Natural icing, far-field noise, high-elevation and water-ingestion tests are also done. The G250 is the launch airplane for the Rockwell Collins Fusion cockpit (branded as Gulfstream PlaneView in the G250) and the latest software load is running in the G250 avionics. The first customer G250, S/N 2004, should arrive at Gulfstream’s Dallas facility by the end of this month.