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Gulfstream G500 Debuts at NBAA 2015

At the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Gulfstream debuted its new G500 business jet. After a touchdown at Nevada’s Henderson Executive Airport, the G500 joined the G650ER, G550, G450, G280, and G150 in the manufacturer’s static display.

“Delivering on our promises is a tradition at Gulfstream, and we look forward to doing the same with our new generation of aircraft, the G500 and G600,”

said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream.

“The robust testing we accomplished on the ground and in the air since announcing the aircraft helped make this achievement possible. We are proud to give customers, the business aviation industry and the public a chance to see the G500 in person at NBAA.”

Facing 75-knot headwinds during its journey from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the Gulfstream G500 arrived at NBAA 2015 in 4 hours and 36 minutes. This 1,360 nautical mile (3,018 kilometer) journey was achieved at speeds of Mach 0.85 at an altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 kilometers).

The G500 is distinct for being the first Gulfstream aircraft to not be backed by Rolls-Royce engines. Instead, the all-new G500 will be powered by twin PW814GA engines. Providing 15,144 pounds of thrust, the FAA-certified PW814GA engines possess 50-inch, single-piece, wide-chord-blade fans and high bypass ratios.

For avionics, the Gulfstream G500 is integrated with the manufacturer’s new Symmetry flight deck. Derivative of Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite, the flight deck sports civil aviation’s first active side stick touch screens, a standard HUD, EVS III, and high-resolution, wide-screen standby instruments integrated in the glareshield.

On paper, the Gulfstream possesses a top operating speed of Mach 0.925-identical to the manufacturer’s G650 and G650ER. The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles (9,260 kilometers) at Mach 0.85. For journeys of 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 kilometers), the aircraft can fly at a higher Mach 0.90. The G600 can ferry passengers 6,200 nautical miles (11,482 kilometers) at Mach 0.85 and 4,800 nautical miles (8,890 kilometers) at Mach 0.90.

Gulfstream expects the G500 to be certified by 2017, with entry into service in 2018.

Gulfstream operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics out of Savannah, Georgia.

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