The Gulfstream G600 business jet earned both type and production certificates from the Federal Aviation Administration, clearing the way for first deliveries to customers this year. The G600 flies 6,500nm at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, and 5,500 nm at its M 0.90 high speed cruise.
Mark Burns, Gulfstream’s CEO, stated “getting both authorizations on the same day is evidence of the maturity of our G600 production processes and speaks to the safety and reliability of the aircraft’s design. Even more remarkable is the fact that we achieved these simultaneous certifications less than a year after completing another major program, certifying and delivering the Gulfstream G500TM, another testament to the engineering expertise and manufacturing excellence that are hallmarks of Gulfstream. The hard work by our team, including nearly 100,000 hours of ‘flying’ in our labs and more than 3,200 hours of flying in the air, shows our dedication to safety and our customers.”
“These rigorous and thorough certification processes ensure we deliver a first-rate aircraft that exceeds expectations. We can’t wait to put the newest member of our aircraft family — one that spectacularly combines performance, efficiency, technology and comfort that are second to none — into the hands of our worldwide customers.”
The G600 is powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines, which utilize a core derived from the innovative Geared Turbofan Engine used on regional and commercial aircraft. The G600 certification follows the certification of the G500, which also uses the PW800 that occurred on July 20th of last year.