Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. revealed more details of the progress surrounding the test flight-test program of its all-new G700 aircraft. Introduced in October 2019, the G700 has now flown more than 100 test flights, recently completing company flutter testing and expanding the flight envelope at both high and low speeds.
As part of Gulfstream’s testing efforts, the aircraft also flew beyond its maximum operating speed and cruise altitude, reaching Mach 0.99 and an altitude of 54,000 feet (16,459 metres). In typical operations, the G700 has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925 and a maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 ft (15,545 metres).
“These accomplishments at this stage in flight test point to the impressive maturity of the G700 program,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We designed and developed the G700 for our customers to fly safely, securely and efficiently while enjoying the same level of comfort as they do on the ground.”
Gulfstream points to the G700 holding the largest galley in the industry, with more than 10 ft/3 m of counterspace, as well as how the airplane’s air is never recirculated, its low cabin altitude, “whisper-quiet” noise levels, and the option for what the company describes as the industry’s only true circadian lighting system. The cabin also features 20 panoramic oval windows in up to five living areas, as well as a master suite option with stand-up shower.
The G700 is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and can fly at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 for 6,400 nautical miles (11,853 kilometers) or at its long-range cruise of Mach 0.85 for 7,500 nm (13,890 km). The G700 also includes the Gulfstream Predictive Landing Performance System and Symmetry Flight Deck, which includes what the company describes as the industry’s only electronically linked active control sidesticks.
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