Gulfstream expects to receive type certification for the large-cabin G650 and super mid-size G280 in the third quarter with customer deliveries planned shortly after.
The two aircraft are “neck and neck” so it is not clear which will be certified first, says Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.certification is due by year-end.
The G280 flight test campaign, now at more than 2,000 hours, has completed all company and FAA certification flights, says Scott Neal, Gulfstream senior vice president for sales and marketing. The focus is now on completing the paperwork.
The first customer aircraft was also just delivered to begin its completion process, Neal says. The next production slot is available at the end of 2014.
For the G650, FAA certification flights are around 80% complete, with more than 945 flights logged in the entire test campaign. One G650 flight simulator to support the program is in place, with a second to be added in June. The company has already delivered 20 “green” G650s. It plans to deliver 17 to customers this year. The next available production slot is in the second quarter of 2017.
Meanwhile, the company also is working to expand its support network. In the fourth quarter, it expects the Gulfstream Beijing repair station to come online, with space for 10 large cabin aircraft, says Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. The joint venture agreement was signed this year and the business license is now being sought, with a goal to receiving it in the summer.