The Gulfstream G650 has received its provisional
type certificate (PTC) from the Federal Aviation Administration,
clearing the way for the company to begin interior completions of
the long-range business jet in preparation for customer deliveries
in the second quarter of 2012, as originally planned.
"We are pursuing a two-step certification
approach to keep us on track for our planned deliveries in the
second quarter of 2012," said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream.
"With the PTC in hand, our plan is to move production aircraft
into final phase manufacturing to ensure customer deliveries in
the second quarter of 2012."
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
The four G650 aircraft in the flight-test program
have flown more than 2,225 hours during more than 675 flights. One
of those aircraft has a fully outfitted interior, allowing the
company to confirm weight projections and test new features,
including its Cabin Essential design for redundant cabin systems.
Seven production aircraft have flown in preparation for their
induction into final phase manufacturing. More than 20 aircraft
are in various stages of initial or final phase production.
Among its achievements, the G650 has flown for
more than 14 consecutive hours, with flight test data confirming
its ability to achieve 7,000 nm (12,964 km) at Mach 0.85. The
aircraft has also demonstrated 5,000 nm (9,260 km) at Mach 0.90.
With a top speed of Mach 0.925, the G650 is the world's fastest
"The G650 will exceed the capabilities of
anything on the market, flying faster and farther, with
industry-leading fuel efficiency and reduced emissions," Flynn
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