Fri, Jun 01, 2012
Applies For Speed Record With Two Pilots And Five Passengers Aboard
A Gulfstream G280 recently set an unconfirmed city-pair speed record from Paris to White Plains, N.Y., making the flight in 7 hours, 40 minutes. Official recognition of this city-pair speed record by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is pending. The G280, which is nearing certification and entry-into-service later this year, took off from Paris Le Bourget Airport on May 17 and flew nonstop to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., at an average speed of Mach 0.80 against an average 32-knot headwind.
At maximum takeoff weight, the aircraft climbed to 43,000 feet in 22 minutes. The aircraft landed with an excess of NBAA IFR fuel reserves. Piloting the G280 were Brett Rundle, chief pilot, mid-cabin; Chip Leonard, senior international captain, mid-cabin; and Butch Allen, senior production test pilot. On board the aircraft were Jeanette Brewer, manager of flight crew operations, and three additional passengers.
Gulfstream confirmed in October 2011 that the G280 would perform better than originally promised at the program’s public launch in 2008. Following extensive flight testing, Gulfstream demonstrated that the G280 flies 3,600 nm with four passengers at Mach 0.80 with NBAA IFR reserves. In addition to more range, the aircraft offers a shorter balanced field length. Its balanced field length has been reduced to 4,750 feet. This field length is an improvement of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200 that the G280 replaces. (Image provided by Gulfstream)
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