Gulfstream G600 has completed its first test flight, officially kicking off the aircraft’s flight-test program in readiness for its certification and first deliveries in 2018.
The G600 departed Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport Georgia, USA at 1:50 p.m local time today and flew for 2 hours and 53 minutes before landing.
The test flight was piloted by Gulfstream experimental test pilots Scott Martin and Todd Abler, with Flight Test engineer Nathaniel Rutland providing on-board support.
The G600 has the longest cabin in its class, satellite communications and high-speed internet and can accommodate up to four living areas to create distinct yet flexible spaces for work, entertainment, dining and rest. It also features panoramic windows, low cabin altitude.
The G600 can travel 6,200 nautical miles/11,482 kilometers at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nm/8,890 km at Mach 0.90, with maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925.