Gulfstream has announced that the Gulfstream G500 has received both its FAA type certification and production certificate. First completed G500 delivery to a customer is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The FAA type certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design, while the production certificate confirms that the company’s production processes comply with Federal Aviation Regulations. The G500 is the first clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft to receive its type and production certificates on the same day. During the G500 certification program, Gulfstream demonstrated better than expected performance for the G500, including a takeoff distance of 5,200 ft (1,585 m), which was 200 ft (61 m) less than originally projected.
Gulfstream is the first business aviation manufacturer to offer active control sidesticks, 10 touchscreens in the flight deck and a third-generation Enhanced Vision System, optimizing pilot awareness in low visibility. Its Symmetry Flight Deck also includes Synthetic Vision-Primary Flight Display and Head-Up Display II. The G500 is the first aircraft certified to use enhanced vision to land and the first business aircraft certified to Stage 5 noise standards.
Originally projected to fly 5,000 nautical miles at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, the certified G500 can fly 5,200 nm (9,630 km). At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the G500 will fly 4,400 nm (8,149 km), which is a 600 nm (1,111 km) increase over the original projected range of 3,800 nm (7,038 km). The aircraft has already earned more than 20 city-pair records, most of them at Mach 0.90.
“Receiving the type certification and production certificate on the same day speaks to the rigor inherent in the G500 program and the commitment to excellence of the entire Gulfstream team,” said Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream. “The tens of thousands of lab hours combined with the more than 5,000 hours we’ve flown the five G500 flight-test aircraft will help ensure we deliver a high-performing, reliable, mature aircraft to customers.”