• Simulated Flight Reflects Aircraft Program’s Steady Progression
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp Gulfstream G600 iron bird made its "maiden flight" successfully proving Gulfstream ongoing commitment to the development of new research platform of our G600 aircraft program.
The Iron Bird platform is a dimensionally precise structure housed at the manufacture’s Savannah, Georgia headquarters, which is not only spatially accurate, but also allows the engineers to assess the mechanical systems and flight control, brakes, hydraulics and landing gear all from a ground-based location.
Throughout the 30-minute simulation flight, the G600 iron bird demonstrated simulated taxi, takeoff, landing and including smooth transitions and maneuvers at airspeed and altitude.
"This first flight begins the validation and testing required for the first actual flight of the G600", commented Dan Nale, senior vice president of Engineering, Programs and Test, Gulfstream. He stated, “We can now confirm the uniqueness of the G600’s system components, make changes, improve the integration maturity, all within ground based laboratory environment. We feel that this resource will greatly enhance safety measures as well as streamline the testing process.
The G600 has the capacity to travel 6,200 nm at Mach 0.85 or 4,800 nm at Mach 0.925, which is essentially the same speed as the Gulfstream G650ER and the G650.
This aircraft offers Gulfstream newest technology, which includes the revolutionary “Symmetry Flight Deck™, with integrated touch screen controls, active control side sticks, Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, and an enhanced, next-generation vision system.
Like the previous models, the G650ER and G650, the G600 features a complete 3 axis digital fly by wire system with additionally features that include enhanced stability augmentation, flight-envelope protection, increased redundancy as well as less maintenance.
Currently, the first G600 structural test article and G699 flight test aircraft are already in production. The aircraft is expected to enter service beginning in 2019.