The Gulfstream G280 has received a provisional type certificate (PTC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The business jet manufacturer obtained a PTC from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) late last year.
The manufacturer says the principal remaining item required before full type certificates are issued by the FAA and CAAI is an update to the software for the aircraft’s state-of-the-art avionics. Gulfstream expects to receive full type certification from both later this year.
“The G280 will be the fastest, largest, most comfortable aircraft in its class, and we are very pleased with its performance throughout the flight-test program,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “With these certificates in hand, we are now able to move forward in preparation for customer deliveries later this year, as scheduled.”
The aircraft’s range is 3,600 nautical miles (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80, an increase of 200 nautical miles over original projections. Its balanced field length is 210 feet less than originally announced, allowing it to take off from runways of 4,750 feet (1,448 m) or less. That’s more than 1,300 feet compared to the aircraft it replaces, the G200.
The three G280 aircraft in the flight-test program have flown more than 1,845 hours during more than 685 flights, while the fatigue test article (F1) has completed more than 14,300 of 40,000 cycles.
Additional milestones include the successful completion of wet runway, crosswind and maximum energy brake testing.