November 01, 2012
Credit: Credit: Gulfstream
Gulfstream says that its ultra-long-range G650 offers even better performance than originally announced. High-speed range and takeoff distance have been improved, giving operators increased flexibility for ultra-long-range missions.
The G650’s range at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 is now 6,000 nm – a 1,000 nm increase over the original target – making city pairs such as Tokyo-New York, New York-Dubai, Shanghai-London and Moscow-Los Angeles possible in less than 12 hr.
“The G650’s flight time for a 6,000-nm mission at Mach 0.90 would be 40 min. less than the same mission flown on a G550,” said Pres Henne, Gulfstream SVP for programs, engineering and test.
The G650’s takeoff balanced field length has decreased from 6,000 ft. to 5,858 ft. at its maximum takeoff weight of 99,600 lb., enabling it to fly farther from short runways.
“Operators are gaining a distinct advantage with these improvements,” says Gulfstream President Larry Flynn. “They’re going farther faster and requiring less runway.”