Gulfstream G700 Soars in First Test Flight
The latest flagship by Gulfstream that was introduced at NBAA-BACE in October, completed its flight test on Valentine’s Day, 2020. The aircraft took off from Gulfstream Aerospace’s’ headquarters at the Savannah/Holton Head International Airport and flew for two and a half hours before touching back down.
“This first flight is a momentous occasion and the next step forward in Gulfstream’s vision for the future, a vision that has been guided by the strategic leadership of our parent company, General Dynamics, and the innovation of the Gulfstream team,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “As the market leader, Gulfstream is moving the entire business-jet industry forward with advanced safety features, tomorrow’s technology and a cabin purposefully designed to exceed our customers’ expectations for comfort.”
Jake Howard and Eric Holmberg were the two test pilots alongside flight-test engineer Bill Osborne. This first aircraft is known as T1 and focuses on envelope expansion, flutter, stalls, flying quality and control, and ice shapes.
Four more aircraft have been manufactured which all test different things. T2 looks at cabin development and static; T3, field, and engine/thrust-reverser operation, and climbing performance; T4, mechanics and environmental control systems, cooling/vents, and icing; T5, avionics and level-D sim data. There’s also one more G700 intended to serve as a production test, according to the company.
The G700 is powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, a living area in the cabin fit for five and 20 panoramic windows. The Gulfstream Symmetry flight deck has electronically linked active control sidesticks, touchscreen controls, and predictive landing performance systems for runway safety.
This new aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2022, which will be exciting. At Miami Jet, we’re committed to providing you the latest aviation news, and we’re also your trusted partner in aircraft brokerage. Whether you’re buying, selling, or financing, let our skills and expertise work for you to find the best deal. Contact us today and we’ll help you soar to new heights!