Gulfstream to cease production of G450 in 2018
October 27, 2016
Gulfstream Aerospace will cease production of the G450 as it prepares for the new fly-by-wire G500 to enter service at the start of 2018.
The American business jet manufacturer will deliver the final G450 at the same time as it seeks to provide a seamless transition between the two models.
The G450 built on the success of the GIV and GIV-SP, which were developed from the GIII and GII twinjets and GI turboprop twin. The GIV flew for the first time on 19th September 1985 and began service in August 1987.
In total, more than 870 GIVs, GIV-SPs and G450s have been produced by Gulfstream over the last 29 years, with the GIV family providing the foundation for the company’s ultra-long-range GV series.
“The GIV and G450 ushered in a business aviation renaissance that has led to increased safety, greater reliability, better technology and improved performance,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns.
“It’s fitting that the G500 will replace the G450 and build upon its performance legacy, creating another industry game-changer from Gulfstream.”
The GIV series of aircraft revolutionised business aviation, providing increased range, improved reliability, advanced systems and pioneering flight deck technology, paving the way for the innovative G500.
The 5,000-nautical mile (nm) G500 will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GAs and feature the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight Deck as well as a fly-by-wire system that has active control sidesticks.
There are currently five G500s in flight testing, and certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US national civil aviation authority, is expected in 2017.
At the time of writing, the G500 flight test programme has logged more than 1,600 flight hours. A G500 simulator is in use at professional aviation training provider FlightSafety International, based in Savannah, Georgia in the US.