Third G250 Test Aircraft Nearly Ready To Fly | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 04.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.18.14 **
** Airborne 04.16.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.16.14 **
** Airborne 04.14.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.14.14 **

Tue, May 04, 2010

Third G250 Test Aircraft Nearly Ready To Fly

Stall Testing And Other Program Activities Proceeding "Well"

Gulfstream said Monday at EBACE that the wing, empennage and engines have been installed on the third Gulfstream G250 test aircraft, and testing of the aircraft's systems is under way. Known as serial number (S/N) 2003, the aircraft will be used to test systems functionality and reliability.


G250 Rollout File Photo

The G250 flight-test and certification program consists of three aircraft and an estimated 1,300 hours of flight time. The first G250 test aircraft, S/N 2001, joined the flight-test program on Dec. 11, 2009, and is being used to examine in-flight performance and handling. S/N 2002, which focuses on avionics testing, first flew on March 24. Together, the two aircraft have accumulated nearly 80 hours in flight, with S/N 2001 already achieving the maximum certified speed and altitude of Mach 0.85 and 45,000 feet (13,716 m).


G250 S/N 2002

"The G250 handles like a large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft," said John O'Meara, chief test pilot. "It's a good-handling airplane. We completed the aerodynamic stall test program, and the resultant performance was even better than we predicted. It's very similar to a Gulfstream V in terms of its handling characteristics."

Other aspects of the G250's test program are also progressing as planned. Several structural tests have been completed, including flap ultimate load, ultimate horizontal stabilizer down bending, ultimate fuselage up bending and wing down bending. Additionally, the fuselage has been joined for the fatigue test article.


G250 First Flight File Photo

Additional tests have been completed in the aircraft's Integration Test Facility (ITF). The G250 is the first mid-size Gulfstream with its own ITF. Based in Savannah, the facility has been used to integrate the software and hardware for the jet's state-of-the-art PlaneView 250 avionics platform and to develop the procedures for the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM). Gulfstream also used the ITF for the aircraft's human factors evaluation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI), the FAA and the EASA. That evaluation is now complete.

The first G250 rolled out of the IAI manufacturing facility in Tel Aviv under its own power on Oct. 6, 2009. It remains on schedule for type certification by 2011, followed by entry-into-service the same year.

FMI: www.gulfstream.com

Advertisement

More News

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.14)

"The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth. Future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James >[...]

Skydive Jersey Announces Shuttle Service For 2014 Season

Removes 'Getting To The Airport' As An Excuse To Not Go Skydiving So imagine it's a beautiful day to go jump out of an airplane in the greater New York City area, but you just don'>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.14): Ground Stop

Ground Stop Ground Stops are implemented for a number of reasons. The most common reasons are: 1) To control air traffic volume to airports when the projected traffic demand is exp>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.14)

Aero Linx: The Australian Parachute Federation The Australian Parachute Federation exists to administer and represent Australian Sport Parachuting. This is achieved by promoting an>[...]

ANN FAQ: Getting The Most Out Of ANN's Newsletters

ANN goes through a lot of trouble to make the graphics flashy and cool and an integral part of the story. But let's face it, they're bandwidth-intensive. So here are a couple of th>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC