The aircraft has earned type certificates from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel
Israel and the USA have granted full certification for the Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s new G280 super mid-sized business jet. The certification was granted four years after the super midsize business jet was launched.
The G280 aircraft has earned type certificates from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI). The certificates verify the airworthiness of the aircraft's design and are among the final steps required before Gulfstream delivers the first fully outfitted G280 to a customer.
The G280, a joint effort between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), offers the most comfortable cabin and the longest range at the fastest speed in its class.
Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream noted, following the announcement, "Gulfstream is excited to bring this aircraft to its customers, especially since we're able to provide a plane that does more than we originally announced."
Flynn added, "The G280 has a range of 3,600 nautical miles (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80. This increase of 200 nm (370 km) over our original projections results in increased fuel efficiency and lower operating costs for our customers. It's the only mid-sized aircraft that can reliably fly nonstop between London and New York. Additionally, our customers will find that the newly designed G280 has a great deal in common with large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft in terms of safety, reliability, handling, styling and cabin management. The G280 is an all-around fantastic plane."
Joseph Weiss, IAI's president and CEO, said: "Gulfstream and IAI have applied their unique technological strengths through all stages of development, manufacturing and certification of the G280. These certifications demonstrate this team's tremendous technological abilities."
The G280 has an all-new, advanced transonic wing design that has been optimised for high-speed cruise and improved takeoff field length performance. Deliveries of the US$24 million aircraft are set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, with the first aircraft destined for an unnamed US manufacturer. The G280s are manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and shipped to Gulfstream's headquarters in Savannah, USA for completion.