Kate O’Connor from AV Web – Reports
Gulfstream Aerospace announced on Thursday that its second G800 flight test aircraft has flown for the first time. The flight, which lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes, took place last Saturday at the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. Gulfstream noted that the aircraft flew on a 30/70 blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and reached a top speed of Mach 0.935. According to the company, the second G800 test aircraft will be used to test environmental control systems, avionics and flight controls.
“Gulfstream’s flight test team continues to make advanced strides forward for our company,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns. “The G800 will bring the industry’s longest range to customers around the world, and we are seeing strong demand for this capability alongside the cabin comfort and quality Gulfstream is known for.”
Intended to be Gulfstream’s next flagship, the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700-powered “ultra-long-range” G800 business jet flew for the first time in June 2022. It is expected to offer an 8,000-NM range, maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925 and cruise altitude of 51,000 feet. The G800 will come equipped with the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck and be capable of seating up to 19 passengers.
With cabin space for up to 19 passengers in four living areas, the G800 also features the Gulfstream’s latest cabin technology and comfort; hand-crafted, ergonomic seats; a high-definition circadian lighting system; 100 percent, never-recirculated air; the lowest cabin altitude in the industry; a plasma-ionization air-purification system; and 16 windows, which Gulfstream touts as “the largest in the industry.