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Gulfstream G600 completes first flight

Posted 25 February 2016 · Add Comment

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced that the Gulfstream G600 iron bird has completed its “first flight”.

A dimensionally correct structure fitted with a flight deck allows engineers to test flight control and mechanical systems such as landing gear, brakes and hydraulics in a ground-based laboratory.
 
“We can confirm the characteristics of the system components, improve the integration maturity, make modifications and provide those benefits in a lab environment, all while on the ground and still in the design stage to the benefit of the flight-test aircraft. Having this resource enhances safety and streamlines the testing process,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test.
 
During the 30 minute flight, taxi, takeoff and landing were simulated as well as manoeuvres and transitions at altitude and airspeed.  
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