Gulfstream Aerospace’s G280 set another city-pair speed record while demonstrating steep approach capability on a mission from Burlington (Vermont) International Airport to the UK's London City Airport. The February 16 transatlantic trip spanned 2,735 nm in 6 hours and 10 minutes, averaging a speed of Mach 0.83. Aircraft, as well as crews, flying into London City must be certified for the airport's steep approach procedures required by the short runway and noise-abatement rules.
The city-pair record is among 75 that the G280 has collected. In another record nod this year, the super-midsize business jet completed a 2,515-nm flight from Hawaii's Kahului Airport to Phoenix in 4 hours and 57 minutes. The G280 also averaged a cruise speed of Mach 0.83 on that January 5 mission.
“These latest city-pair speed records are further proof of the aircraft’s superior performance capabilities bolstered by its advanced wing, robust airframe, and powerful engines,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns.
Gulfstream noted the twinjet, the only in its category to be certified to land using an enhanced flight vision system, can fly four passengers 3,600 nm at Mach 0.80 or 3,000 nm at Mach 0.84. Some 200 G280s are in service worldwide.