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Large-Cabin, Mid-Range Business Jet Has Smooth First Flight
First Flight of the Gulfstream G250 S/N 2002 on March 24, 2010
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SAVANNAH, Ga., March 25, 2010 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that a second large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250 completed its first flight. Gulfstream, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designed and built the super mid-size business jet in collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Flown by IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira, the test article - called serial number (S/N) 2002 - departed from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv at 2:45 p.m. local time March 24. The aircraft flew for 1 hour and 57 minutes, reaching an altitude of 20,000 feet (6,096 m) and a speed of 195 knots.
"We are very pleased with the progress that we’ve made," said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. "Both aircraft have performed wonderfully. We have a lot of work ahead, but we are excited about where we are."
David Dagan, corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Aircraft Group, IAI, said, "The successful first flight is an indication of the excellent progress we're making in our path toward certification. The first two aircraft performed exactly as expected. This is a tribute to our use of the most advanced technology, development and production techniques available, not to mention the combined talent of IAI and Gulfstream."
The first test article - S/N 2001 - has amassed more than 70 flight hours since its first flight in December, and has already reached its maximum certified speed and altitude - Mach 0.85 and 45,000 feet (13,720 m).
The G250 flight-test and certification plan involves three aircraft and an estimated 1,300 hours of testing. Each aircraft is used for a specific series of tests, with S/N 2001 focused on in-flight performance and handling, S/N 2002 on avionics and S/N 2003 on systems functionality and reliability. Evaluation of the airframe structure and new PlaneView TM 250 avionics package is under way, with testing of the fatigue article to begin later this year.
Cabin mock-up on tour
To increase the exposure of this new aircraft, Gulfstream created a true-to-size cabin mock-up on a trailer and is exhibiting it at general aviation airports across the United States. Customers can walk into the cabin, sit down, feel the upholstery, examine the cabinetry and new lavatory up close, and experience the lighting system. At each site, Gulfstream sales engineers and completion experts are on hand to answer questions.
The first G250 rolled out of the IAI manufacturing facility in Tel Aviv under its own power on Oct. 6, 2009. It is on schedule for type certification in 2011.
The G250 offers the largest cabin and the longest range at the fastest speed in its class. Powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G engines, the business jet is capable of traveling 3,400 nautical miles at Mach 0.80. Its initial cruise altitude is 41,000 feet (12,496 m).
The G250 will be completed at the Gulfstream Mid-Cabin Center of Excellence in Dallas.
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Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced some 1,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200®; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G250®; the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G350®; the large-cabin, long-range G450®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G500®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Financial Services Division and Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 9,000 people at seven major locations. We invite you to visit our Web site for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.gd.com.
Israel Aerospace Industriesis Israel's leading technological-industrial company, with approximately 17,000 employees. IAI has gained worldwide recognition as a leading developer of aviation and aerospace technology in both military and civilian markets. IAI provides the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and its foreign customers with unique, high-quality technological solutions that meet a wide range of needs on the ground, in the sea, in the air, in space and in the field of homeland security. IAI is a world leader in a wide range of advanced technologies, including the development, production, renovation, upgrading, repair and maintenance of aircraft, missiles, launchers, communications satellites, observation satellites and ground services, electronic systems, avionics systems, advanced radar, precision-guided munitions, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically-advanced business jet aircraft.