Piloting the G280 were Brett Rundle,
chief pilot, mid-cabin; Chip Leonard, senior
international captain, mid-cabin; and Butch
Allen, senior production test pilot. On board
the aircraft were Jeanette Brewer, manager of
flight crew operations, and three additional
Gulfstream confirmed in October 2011 that the
G280 would perform better than originally
promised at the program's public launch in 2008.
Following extensive flight testing, Gulfstream
demonstrated that the G280 flies 3,600 nm with
four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR
In addition to more range, the aircraft offers a
shorter balanced field length. Its balanced
field length has been reduced from 4,960 feet to
4,750 feet. This field length is an improvement
of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200
that the G280 replaces.
The G280 boasts the largest cabin in the super
mid-sized class. With a stand-up height of over
6 feet and a cabin length of nearly 26 feet, the
G280 has the most cabin volume and over 17
percent more floor area than the competition.