'Performs as Promised'
Just a week after entering service,
a new Gulfstream G450 biz-jet established a new
intercontinental city-pair speed record, flying 3,550 nautical
miles from Chicago to London in just 7 hours and 19 minutes at an
average speed of Mach .85. There were zero en route winds and the
aircraft landed with 3,500 lb of fuel remaining.
The G450 set its first speed record on its way to Geneva,
Switzerland, where it is being displayed at the annual European
Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).
Guifstream displayed an experimental G450 in Europe at EBACE
last year. Since then, the G450 has received both FAA type
certification and EASA validation and officially entered service
earlier this month.
The G450 took off from DuPage Airport, just 30 miles west of
Chicago, at 6:31 p.m. (local) on May 15 and flew 3,500 nautical
miles at an average cruise speed of Mach .85, landing at
London-Luton Airport at 7:50 a.m. (local) the next morning.
Piloting the G450 was Bill Waners, Guifstream's chief pilot for
G550/G450 demonstration, while David Smith, G550/G450 demonstration
captain, served as copilot. in addition to flight attendant Kitty
Ramage, four passengers were onboard the flight.
"This record-setting flight further demonstrates that the G450
is perfect for international travel," said Pres Henne, Guifstream
senior vice president, programs, engineering and test. "in
engineering the aircraft, we paid special attention to drag
reductions that resulted in increased range and reduced fuel
consumption. The G450 can take you faster and farther than any
other business jet in its class."
Guifstream has submitted an application with the National
Aeronautic Association to confirm the new city-pair record.
The Guifstream G450 business jet took its first flight April 30,
2003, nearly six months before it was first introduced to the
public on Oct. 6, 2003 at the National Business Aviation
Association's annual meeting. Less than a year later on Aug.12,
2004, the FAA issued the type certificate for the G450. On Nov.19,
2004, the European Aviation Safety Agency validated the FAA
certification and on May 9, 2005, Guifstream delivered its first
G450 to a customer.