Gulfstream Aerospace has said that the final
performance specifications for the Gulfstream G280 will exceed the
capabilities originally announced at the programís public launch
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.
ďDemonstrating 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,Ē 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
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