In a press release this afternoon, Gulfstream announced that it had received a provision type certification from the FAA for its G650. This paves the way for production aircraft to move into the final phase for customer deliveries in Q2 2012, as originally planned.
“We are pursuing a two-step certification approach to keep us on track for our planned deliveries in the second quarter of 2012,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “With the PTC in hand, our plan is to move production aircraft into final phase manufacturing to ensure customer deliveries in the second quarter of 2012.”
PTCs have been common in general aviation programs over the past 15 years. Both the Gulfstream V and the Gulfstream G550 were issued PTCs before receiving full certification.
The four G650 aircraft in the flight-test program have flown more than 2,225 hours during more than 675 flights. One of those aircraft has a fully outfitted interior, allowing the company to confirm weight projections and test new features, including its Cabin Essential design for redundant cabin systems. Seven production aircraft have flown in preparation for their induction into final phase manufacturing. More than 20 aircraft are in various stages of initial or final phase production.