Published on : Saturday, February 2, 2013
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s new best-in-class G280 aircraft recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program. The 250-hour internal testing program, among the most extensive voluntary reliability programs ever implemented by Gulfstream, served to enhance fleet reliability, enrich pilot training and improve customer readiness.
“The Gulfstream reliability demonstration program incorporates pilot check rides, maintenance on auxiliary power units, engine run qualifications, technical operations, publications validations and basic servicing and handling at typical fixed-base operators,” said Mark Burns, president, Product Support. “This is just one more way we are going above and beyond for our customers, ensuring they have the most reliable and high-performing aircraft.”
Of the 15 new city-pair speed records set as part of the program, the most notable were a flight from Aspen, Colo., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and one from Honolulu to Savannah. The super mid-sized aircraft has established 22 speed records since setting its first in May.
“Two of these new speed records are particularly significant because they demonstrate the G280’s capability to reach the East Coast from Aspen and to travel an exceptional distance,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “The G280 continues to prove its tremendous reliability, range, speed and performance for our customers.”
The G280 flew from Aspen-Pitken County Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 3 hours and 21 minutes. It flew 1,640 nautical miles (3,038 km) at an average cruise speed of Mach 0.84. On board were demo pilots Santiago Koritschoner, Brian Erickson and Stephanie Ruyle.
The G280 flew from Honolulu to Savannah in 8 hours and 19 minutes, a total of 4,124 nautical miles (7,638 km) at an average speed of Mach 0.80. On board were Brian Dickerson, senior production test pilot; Scott Evans, engineering test pilot; and Scott Blouin, avionics and electrical technician.
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