Gulfstream G500 certified for steep approaches

Gulfstream’s G500 will now be able to access some of the world’s most challenging airports after receiving certification to make steep approaches.

The aircraft, which was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), demonstrated its low-speed handling and short-field capabilities in 2021 with landings at airports such as London City, with its short runway and strict noise-abatement rules, and Switzerland’s Lugano Airport, which is in a valley on the banks of Lake Lugano and requires very steep approaches.

“Our customers already benefit from the revolutionary performance and efficiency of the G500,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

“We are now pleased to deliver steep-approach capability as well, providing additional flexibility by unlocking access to even more destinations around the world.”

The G500 seats up to 19 and sleeps up to eight and can fly 5,300 nautical miles/9,816 kilometres at Mach 0.85 or 4,500 nm/8,334 km at Mach 0.90. It holds nearly 60 city-pair speed records, according to Gulfstream.

More than 110 are in service around the world after first receiving FAA type and production certificates on July 20th, 2018.

In 2018, the G500 also established more than 20 new city-pair speed records during a high-speed world tour earlier this year, which covered 44 cities and 18 countries on six continents.

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