SAVANNAH, Ga., February 7, 2013 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s G280 aircraft received type certification today from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification recognizes that the super mid-sized aircraft demonstrates compliance with EASA airworthiness and environmental requirements. It is one of the final steps required for the G280 to be registered in a European Union country.
“Getting EASA certification is an important milestone for the G280,” said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. “This aircraft is the most fuel-efficient and most comfortable in its class, and it offers unprecedented range for its size. It is the only super mid-sized business jet that can reliably fly nonstop from London to New York. That feature is very important to operators.”
The G280, a joint effort between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries, earned its type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Civil Aviation Authority of Israel on Aug. 30, 2012. It entered service on Nov. 13, 2012.
The aircraft’s range is 3,600 nautical miles (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80. Its balanced field length is 210 feet less than originally announced, which enables it to take off from runways of 4,750 feet (1,448 m) or less. That is an improvement of more than 1,300 feet compared to the G200, the aircraft the G280 replaces. The G280 has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.85.
Advanced technology is also part of the G280’s appeal. The PlaneView280™ cockpit, the most advanced flight deck in its class, improves safety through reduced pilot workload and improved situational awareness. The G280 is also environmentally efficient, burning less fuel and producing fewer emissions than other super mid-sized aircraft. It is quiet, with certified noise levels 15.8 decibels below FAA Stage 4 requirements.
With its spacious cabin, the G280 can provide seating for up to 10 in two living areas. Passengers have in-flight access to the baggage compartment. The Gulfstream Cabin Management System enables them to easily control the cabin environment and high-definition entertainment equipment with a handheld device such as an iPod Touch.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150®; the new large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G280®; the large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream G450®; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550® and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650®. Gulfstream also offers aircraft ownership services via Gulfstream Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales®. The company employs more than 12,500 people at 12 major locations. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos of Gulfstream aircraft at www.gulfstream.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.