LONDON – Gulfstream Aerospace Cooperation introduces yet another impressive aircraft, the G800. The aircraft is set to be showcased at the Farnborough International Airshow.
On 16 July, Gulfstream Aerospace announced that they had successfully completed their first international maiden flight from Savannah Hilton Head to Farnborough International Airport. This is to aid Gulfstream’s effort in showcasing its brand at the Airshow.
Gulfstream has a significant presence at the airport, where the Gulfstream Customer Support’s Farnborough, England facility is located. The aircraft manufacture has a large presence in the United Kingdom and also in Europe.
The international maiden flight took place on the 28th of June of this year. The Gulfstream G800’s first-ever test flight also included long-duration flight testing that totalled more than eight hours.
Within the eight hours scope, the aircraft did operations that were beyond its performance scope, including operator at maximum operating speed and cruise altitude of Mach 0.925 and 51,000 feet or 15,545 metres respectively.
Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, stated:
“To take the G800 on this trans-Atlantic trip so close to first flight is extraordinary. Thanks to our strategic planning and the investments Gulfstream has made in our new aircraft programs, we are able to fly the G800 with remarkable efficiency and bring the aircraft directly to customers early in the flight test program, as we have in Farnborough.”
“The Gulfstream Farnborough Service Centre is one of our newest and most modern, and it’s fitting that the G800 has made its international debut here.”
Nothing stops Gulfstream from growing and innovating. In the midst of the pandemic, in or summer of 2020, Gulfstream Farnborough Service Centre has increased its footprint and its workforce to more than 200 staff and has proudly earned 30 foreign regulatory approvals.
The new centre in Farnborough has a 225,000-square-foot/20,903-square-meter facility, which could cater to up to 13 super-mid sized to large-sized Gulfstream aircraft. This includes the G600, G650ER, G700 and G800.
The facility is a one-stop service for all Gulfstream operators and includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services, as well as interior refurbishments and aftermarket modifications.
The Gulfstream G800 is considered to be Gulfstream’s most capable aircraft, in terms of range. This aircraft also goes neck to neck with Bombardier’s latest Global 8000 which was launched at the 2022 EBACE. The G800 can fly up to 8,000 nautical miles or at 14,816 kilometres at Mach 0.85 and 7,000 nautical miles or 12,964 at Mach 0.90.
Gulfstream’s latest Symmetry Flight Deck is armed with active-control sidesticks, and also comes with extensive usage for touch-screen technology, which is the most intuitive in the industry. This will be loved by many pilots flying the G800 and newer models of the Gulfstream.
The Gulfstream G800 can be configured for up to 4 living areas, and has the same length as the G650ER. It could be rejigged with up to four common areas with a maximum seating capacity of up to 19 passengers, and 10 sleeping areas. T
The Gulfstream G800 is a perfect aircraft for wealthy germophobes as the cabin features 100% fresh, circulated air featuring a high-tech plasma ionization purification system. The cabin is also pressurized to a very low altitude. This is the lowest in its industry class.