A Gulfstream G650 set a city-pair speed record last month on a flight between Shanghai and Newark, N.J., flying the 6,855-nm route in 13 hours and 32 minutes, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The jet took off from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on April 18 carrying five passengers and four crewmembers. ATC restrictions kept the G650 below FL310 for the first hour before it was cleared to climb to its normal cruising altitude of FL410 to FL510.
“No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound,” promises Gulfstream in an announcement about its recently certified G650, which boasts a maximum velocity of Mach 0.925.
Hawker Beechcraft’s (HBC) flagship super-midsize Hawker 4000 received six world speed records at NBAA for flights made between October of 2009 and April 2010, all set in the “Speed Over a Recognized Course” category. The awards were presented by National Aeronautic Association (NAA) president Jonathan Gaffney and are sanctioned by both the NAA and the Federation Aeronautique International.