As aviation companies race to manufacture the perfect aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace was honored recently to connect two pair cities, making one tech stop in between. The G650 ER landed both times with fuel in excess of NBAA IFR reserves.
The Gulfstream G650 goes Round-The-World with 1 Fuel Stop with Three passengers on board, and four crew members, The Gulfstream 650 ER took off from White Plains, NY. This aircraft was able to fly 6,939 NM to Beijing in China, with an average speed of 0.87 Mach, totaling out the flight time at 13H20MN. After the stop, the jet was able for fly for another 6,572 NM to Savannah, GA. The mission was accomplished at a speed of Mach 0.89, totaling flight time at 12 hours. Furthermore, the company set two speed records during its test flight last year. The aircraft was able to fulfill a trip Los Angeles, CA to Melbourne, Australia, in 14H58MIN and from Hong Kong, China to Teterboro, NJ in 14H07MIN.
The senior vice president of Gulfstream, Scott Neal, said that there is no other aircraft capable of doing this mission. It proves the true power of this machine. They’re promise of making an aircraft that can go faster and further than any other aircraft was fulfilled.
This record will be sent to the Fédération Aéronautique International, currently located in Switzerland, in order to gain recognition as a world record. They are also pending approval by the United States National Aeronautic Association, according to Gulfstream.
The Gulfstream 650ER is capable of traveling 7,500 NM at a speed of 0.85 Mach, and a distance of 6,400NM at a speech of 0.90 Mach. It has a maximum speed of Mach 0.925.
Gulfstream aerospace noted that current order holders and owners of the G650 can upgrade their original 4650 to a G650ER status through special modifications.
Bombardier is currently in development of a longer-range version of the Global Express, named the Global 8000. This aircraft promises a max range of 7,900 NM. For now, it’s true. No other aircraft can match the Gulfstream 650ER, which leaves us with a question; will you ever need to fly further than halfway around the globe?