The third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft successfully completed its first flight earlier this week, joining the test fleet.

Taking off from the OEM’s Savannah, GA headquarters at Savannah-Hilton Head International on May 5, the G600 aircraft flew for a total of 4 hours and 35 minutes.

According to a Gulfstream statement, the G600 aircraft will undergo numerous system tests required for its anticipated 2018 certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including field performance testing to assess handling in multiple runway configurations. The tests provide vital statistics needed to generate takeoff and landing data for the flight manual’s environmental conditions and configurations.


Source: Fly-corporate.