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Gulfstream’s G280 to Exceed Range Expectations

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Gulfstream Aerospace has said that the final performance specifications for the Gulfstream G280 will exceed the capabilities originally announced at the program’s public launch in 2008.

Following extensive flight testing, the G280 will actually fly 3,600 nm (6,667 km) with four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves. The business jet had previously been thought capable of traveling 3,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.80.

With this increased range, the G280 can fly nonstop from London to New York or Singapore to Dubai. With just one stop, the G280 can link Las Vegas and London or Las Vegas and Tokyo.

“Demonstrating a 200-nautical-mile increase in range is testimony to both the excellent aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft and the fuel efficiency of the Honeywell HTF7250G propulsion system,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

In addition to more range, the aircraft offers a shorter balanced field length. Its balanced field length has been reduced from 4,960 feet (1,512 m) to 4,750 feet (1,448 m). This field length is an improvement of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200 it replaces.

 The G280 is powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each of which provides 7,445 pounds of thrust propelling the G280 to FL410 in less than 20 minutes.

The G280 is conducting the final activities required to receive its type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. Already, the three aircraft in the flight-test program have accumulated more than 1,690 hours of flight time over more than 628 flights.

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