Gulfstream G500 Completes Flutter Testing
Today, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced that the G500 has finally completed its flutter testing. This marks another milestone in Gulfstream’s flight-test program for the G500, with the first G500 test aircraft the T1 having ran over 50 flights. Over 430 flight-test hours spanning over 105 flights, the three aircrafts in flight are signs that extraordinary progress is being made in the G500 flight-test program.
The flag-ship test aircraft T1 has already logged over 300 flight hours before completing its flutter testing and has achieved a max speed of Mach 0.999 with a maximum altitude of over 53,000 feet. The T1 has also completed vigorous testing such as aero performance, handling and flight controls, braking and field performance, envelope expansion and air data system testing with its longest flight lasting well over 5 hours. The T2 and T3 first took off on their test flights on November 20th of 2015. In addition to the T2 having just finished the climatic chamber testing over at McKinley Climatic Laboratory, it is now preparing for flight loads validation and aircraft performance systems testing. The T3 however is being tested for its brand new Symmetry Flight Deck which will include cabin pressure control system, environment control system performance, nosewheel steering operating and landing gear, ice-protection system performance and finally community noise testing.
The T3 has out-done the T1 recording its longest flight at 6 hours. Soon the T4 will begin its flight testing phase with a fully outfitted production aircraft expected to follow that will evaluate the aircraft system and passenger experience testing known currently as the P1. Gulfstream has big plans for the G500 and the G600 which have been put through rigorous testing and evaluation with close to 50,000 hours of testing hosted at the state-of-the-art facilities by the Aerospace company. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency is expected to grant their type certification to the G500 sometime in 2017. The G500 is expected to enter service in the fiscal year of 2018 with the G600 following suit in the ensuing year of 2019.
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