Gulfstream G280 A Provisional Type Certificate
By Mike Mitchell
March 5, 2012 - Gulfstream Aerospace announced that the
Gulfstream G280 has received a provisional type
certificate (PTC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA). The company also obtained a PTC
from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI).
The principal remaining item required before full type
certificates are issued by the FAA and CAAI is an update
to the software for the aircraft?s state-of-the-art
avionics. Gulfstream expects to receive full type
certification from both later this year.
?The G280 will be the fastest, largest, most comfortable aircraft in its class, and we are very pleased with its performance throughout the flight-test program,? said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream.
these certificates in hand, we are now able to move forward in
preparation for customer deliveries later this year, as
aircraft?s range is 3,600 nautical miles (6,667 km) at Mach
0.80, an increase of 200 nautical miles over original
projections. Its balanced field length is 210 feet less than
originally announced, allowing it to take off from runways of
4,750 feet (1,448 m) or less. That?s an improvement of more than
1,300 feet compared to the aircraft it replaces, the G200.
G280 aircraft in the flight-test program have flown more than
1,845 hours during more than 685 flights, while the fatigue test
article (F1) has completed more than 14,300 of 40,000 cycles.
Number (S/N) 2003, the third aircraft to join the flight-test
program, has finished the tests required of it for type
certification. That aircraft will now be transitioned to the
testing of optional avionics features, including the Head-Up
Display (HUD II) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS II).
the first production aircraft, was outfitted and painted last
year for an appearance at the 2011 National Business Aviation
Association Convention & Meeting in Las Vegas. It is undergoing
final upgrades in anticipation of its delivery later this year.
PTCs have been common in general aviation programs over the past 15 years. Both the Gulfstream V and the Gulfstream G550 were issued PTCs before receiving full certification. The Gulfstream G650 received PTC from the FAA in November 2011.
Gulfstream has been working on a follow-up aircraft, then known as the
G250, which was launched in 2008, with major improvements, like new
glass cockpit and engines, bigger wing, heated leading edges, and other
The G250 is a derivative of the G200, with many improvements, among them increased cabin length, new engine HTF7250G, new T-tail, wing bleed anti-ice, cabin with 4 more windows and access from it to the baggage compartment. It will compete against the Hawker 4000, Bombardier Challenger 300 and the planned Embraer Legacy 500. The fuselage, empennage and landing gear will be manufactured by IAI, the wing by Spirit AeroSystems, while the final assembly will be performed by Gulfstream.
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