Gulfstream's G280 demonstrates improved performance

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that the final performance specifications for the Gulfstream G280 will exceed the capabilities originally announced in 2008.

After extensive flight testing, Gulfstream has demonstrated that the G280 flies 3,600 nm (6,667 km) with four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves.

"Demonstrating 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," said Pres Henne, Gulfstream senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, in a statement.

The increased range gives the G280 the ability to fly nonstop from London to New York or Singapore to Dubai. In addition, with one stop, the G280 can link Las Vegas and London or Las Vegas and Tokyo.

"At certification, the G280 will lead its category in every significant aspect of performance and comfort," said Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream, in a press release. "It offers the largest cabin, flies farther and uses less runway. In fact, it flies farther, faster and uses less fuel than the G200 it replaces."

The aircraft also 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 will offer unsurpassed mission flexibility for a business jet of this size," Flynn said in a statement.

Three years ago on Oct. 5, 2008, Gulfstream announced the G280 at the National Business Aviation Association Meeting & Convention in Orlando, Fla. The aircraft is powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each of which provides 7,445 pounds of thrust. These fuel-efficient engines feature reduced emissions, longer maintenance intervals and decreased noise levels. They also offer excellent climb performance, 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 628 flights.

A fully outfitted G280 is part of Gulfstream's static display at the NBAA Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas Oct. 10-12.

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