Gulfstream Adds Fully Outfitted G700 Test Aircraft To Program

Credit: Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace’s G700 long-range test aircraft dedicated to testing the cabin experience made its maiden flight on April 15 and joins five other test aircraft in the program.

The fully outfitted aircraft flew for 3 hr. and 36 min., reaching an altitude of 48,000 ft. and a top speed of Mach 0.935. Testing will encompass more than 15,500 test points and will validate every facet of the cabin for comfort and reliability upon customer delivery, Gulfstream said.

“Flying a fully outfitted aircraft signals significant progress in the G700 flight test program,” Gulfstream president Mark Burns said. “The G700 interior is raising the bar for cabin innovation and customization. It provides more space than ever before for Gulfstream’s precision-crafted furnishings, more opportunity for personalization and more technology to optimize passenger health, safety and enjoyment.”

The test G700 is outfitted with an “ultra-galley” with more than 10 ft. of counter space, a dedicated crew space, an entertainment and presentation area, six-place conference and dining area and a state room with full-length wardrobe. The interior includes special seating, natural stone flooring in the galley and bathrooms, quartz countertops, powered single seats, surround sound and other features, which will be standard on the aircraft.

Inside the G700. Credit: Gulfstream

The aircraft also includes a high definition circadian lighting system, Gulfstream’s 100% fresh air system, a low cabin altitude, quiet noise levels and 20 panoramic oval windows.

The cabin can be configured for up to five living areas with an option of a passenger lounge in the galley and/or a grand suite with optional shower.

The $75 million G700 includes the Symmetry Flight Deck with active control sidesticks, touch-screen technology, a data-concentration network, Gulfstream Predictive Landing Performance System, Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines and has a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 for 6,500 nm or long-range cruise of Mach 0.85 for 7,500 nm.

Molly McMillin

Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.