Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth 257) employed a variety of new plants, processes and procedures to speed completions of its new G650 flagship and get the aircraft into the customers’ hands sooner. The G650 was announced in 2008 and certified in late 2012. Since then, deliveries of the Mach 0.925 globe-spanning executive jet have set an impressive pace, in no small part due to the used of more monolithic parts on the aircraft and revamped assembly technology.
The world’s longest-range business jet–the Gulfstream G650ER–was certified this week by the FAA, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. Gulfstream Aerospace revealed the 7,500-nm business jet in May at EBACE and expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650ERs to customers by year-end, a few months ahead of previous delivery date projections.
There are now four Gulfstream G650 jets owned by Russian billionaires, but one of these is currently grounded as a result of U.S. economic sanctions against Russia. The aircraft in question is owned by oil and gas entrepreneur Gennady Timchenko, who was blacklisted earlier this year by U.S. government sanctions due to his close associations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
FlightSafety International’s third Gulfstream G650 full-motion simulator is now online at its learning center in Long Beach, Calif., following FAA level-D approval for the device. The first two Gulfstream G650 simulators are in service at FlightSafety’s learning center in Savannah, Ga. Notably, this new G650 trainer is the first FlightSafety FS1000 simulator to receive level-D qualification. FS1000 simulators have FlightSafety’s newest Vital 1100 visual system, electric motion cueing and a new instructor operating station.
Gulfstream Aerospace is boosting the range potential of its G650 flagship with the launch of an ER extended-range version. At an EBACE press conference on May 19, Gulfstream president Larry Flynn said that the G650’s already lengthy range figure of 7,000 nm will grow to 7,500 nm at Mach 0.85, which will make it the longest-range business jet when it receives certification. Alternatively, the ER version can reach out a further 400 nm beyond the baseline G650 to fly 6,400 nm at Mach0.90.
Asked about Aerion’s redesigned supersonic business jet announced this week at EBACE, Gulfstream Aerospace president Larry Flynn said, “I think everyone knows Gulfstream has had an interest in supersonic and we have a small research and development project that has been under way for several years. The project is mostly focused on suppressing the sonic boom. Our intentions would be to fly a supersonic airplane over land.
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, president Larry Flynn told AIN today at EBACE. The company announced the $2 million extended-range option for its flagship G650 on Monday. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the G650 customer base,” he said, explaining that Gulfstream did not tell its customers about the upgrade before the announcement. He added that the Savannah, Ga.-based OEM also signed an agreement for a G450 with an Africa-based customer yesterday at the show.
Swiss business aviation providers Vertis Aviation and ExecuJet have joined forces to offer the first Gulfstream G650 jet available for charter in Europe. The Swiss-registered aircraft is based at Zurich, and its long-range, high-speed capability is expected to be in high demand this summer.
Swiss business aviation providers Vertis Aviation and ExecuJet have teamed to offer the first Gulfstream G650 offered for charter in Europe. The Swiss-registered aircraft is based at Zurich, and its operators expect the jet’s long range and high speed to be in high demand this summer. Delivered to Vertis Aviation, the G650 is outfitted with eight seats in double-club configuration and six divan-style seats that offer lie-flat rest facilities. The communications suite includes high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV, two Apple TVs and two Blu-ray players.
Ultra-long just became ultra-longer after Gulfstream president Larry Flynn revealed yesterday a new addition to its successful family in the shape of the G650ER. As its name suggests, the aircraft is an extended-range version of the G650 business jet. The G650’s already lengthy range figure of 7,000 nm is extended to a 7,500 nm at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85, which will make it the longest-ranged business jet in the world when it receives certification. Alternatively, the ER version can reach out a further 400 nm beyond the baseline G650 to fly 6,400 nm at Mach 0.9.
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