Gulfstream Aerospace’s new G500 twin-engine business jet received type certification and its production certificate from the FAA on July 20, paving the way for customer deliveries to begin later this year.

The approvals followed tens of thousands of lab hours and more than 5,000 hr. of flight time in five flight-test aircraft.

“Receiving the type certification and production certificate on the same day speaks to the rigor inherent in the G500 program and the commitment to excellence of the entire Gulfstream team,” Gulfstream President Mark Burns said. “We’re excited to conclude the type certification effort, complete the production certificate audit and move on to the next phase of this program: delivering aircraft. . . . We look forward to seeing the G500 in our customers’ hangars soon.”

The G500 is the first clean-sheet Gulfstream aircraft to achieve certification using Gulfstream’s FAA Organizational Designation Authorization. The ODA allows those authorized to conduct some of the functions normally performed by the FAA.

Gulfstream announced the G500 and the longer-range G600 in 2014. The G500 flew for the first time in 2015.

The aircraft includes active control sidesticks, 10 touchscreens in the flight deck and a third-generation enhanced vision system. It is the first business aircraft certified to Stage 5 noise standards, the company said.

The aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 turbofan engines, was originally projected to fly 5,000 nm at a cruise speed of Mach 0.85. But it can fly 5,200 nm. At a cruise speed of Mach 0.90, it will fly 4,400 nm, 600 nm above the projected range of 3,800 nm, the company said.