Gulfstream Aerospace told AIN yesterday that the super-midsize G280 obtained provisional type certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) on December 29.
“We are nearing provisional certification from the FAA,” a Gulfstream spokeswoman added. “Full CAAI and FAA type certificate will follow, clearing the way for customer deliveries later this year, as scheduled.”
At the NBAA Convention in October 2010, Gulfstream announced that the final performance specifications for the G280 will exceed the capabilities originally announced when the aircraft (neé G250) was launched in 2008. As such, the twinjet now has a 3,600-nm NBAA IFR range with four passengers at Mach 0.80, an increase of 200 nm, and a shorter balanced field length of 4,750 feet, down from the original 4,960 feet.
The Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer redesignated the aircraft as the G280 in July, a move “prompted by the company’s sensitivity to the varied cultures of its international customer base.”