Gulfstream has completed the development testing for the new G500 and has begun the FAA certification process.

During the development testing the five test aircraft flew a combined 2,600 hours over 600 flights.

The five test aircraft inclue a fully outfitted G500, complete with a production interior.

“Development testing is complete; company testing is well under way, and FAA certification has started, putting us right on track for certification and customer deliveries later this year,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The maturity, discipline and rigor of our program give us great confidence as we look forward to our first delivery.”

Gulfstream designed the interior of the G500 interior with extensive feedback from customers, with members of the Advanced Technology Customer Advisory Team (ATCAT) recently having the chance to fly on the fully outfitted aircraft.

“The feedback during and after these flights was extremely positive,” Burns said. “Our customers tell us that the added flexibility of the cabin, the comfort of our newly designed seats and the enhanced satellite communications will ensure that the G500 customer experience is second to none.”

Gulfstream are aiming to have the G500 certificated later in 2017, with customer deliveries begining shortly afterwards.

Source: CorporateJetInvestor