Company's Newest Bizjet On Track For First Flight
Gulfstream Aerospace recently celebrated the fuselage joining
for the first Gulfstream G250, the company's newest mid-cabin
The G250 forward, center and aft fuselage sections were joined
utilizing the most advanced assembly process, which has proven to
reduce the time needed to complete the fuselage. The improvement is
the result of the G250's cutting-edge design, which uses the most
advanced engineering and design tools.
"The fuselage joining is a tremendous step forward for the
G250," said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs,
Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. "The mechanics have been very
pleased with the precision of the assembly process. Everything went
smoothly with the fuselage joining, and now we look forward to the
next major milestone — the aircraft's first flight."
Introduced at NBAA 2008 in Orlando, the G250
offers the largest cabin and the longest range at the fastest speed
in the industry's mid-size class. The aircraft is capable of
traveling 3,400 nautical miles at 0.80 Mach and has a maximum
operating speed of 0.85 Mach. With an initial cruise altitude of
41,000 feet, the G250 can climb to a maximum altitude of 45,000
feet, where it can avoid congestion and adverse weather.
The G250 is powered by twin Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each
providing 7,445 pounds of thrust. The engines and nacelle package
for the first flight test aircraft have already been delivered.
Initial-phase manufacturing for the G250 takes place at Israel
Aerospace Industries (IAI) headquarters near the Ben Gurion
International Airport just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. Gulfstream
maintains an office at IAI to oversee production.
"We are happy to take part in developing and manufacturing one
of the world's most advanced business jets," said David Dagan,
corporate vice president, IAI, and general manager, Commercial
Aircraft Group. "This prestigious program is advancing as planned
due to the hard work invested by the IAI and Gulfstream crews. We
are proud of this achievement."
Final-phase manufacturing for the G250 will take place at the
Gulfstream completion facility for mid-cabin aircraft in Dallas.
Gulfstream projects the G250 to be certified in 2011 and expects to
begin deliveries of the aircraft the same year.
The first flight of the aircraft is scheduled for the second
half of this year.