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Gulfstream G500 Gets FAA Green Light to Soar to the Skies

One of the most anticipated jets in the industry, the Gulfstream G500, has been given the green light by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to enter production.
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Presented for the first time in 2014 as a replacement for the G450, the new plane can seat up to 19 passengers in the typical passenger layout, just like its predecessor, or 8 people willing to sleep on the plane.

The G500 has a maximum range of 5,200 nautical miles, or 9,630 km, at a maximum operating speed of 0.925 Mach. The aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada engines capable of providing enough lifting power to outclass most similar jets on the market.

For customers, the most appealing part of the aircraft will be, of course, the interior. The G500 comes with oval windows twice as large as compared to others in the industry, while the cabin itself is up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) longer than on competing aircraft.

Gulfstream will make available literally thousands of combinations for contouring, trim and upholstery and endless design possibilities, andorned with handmade carpets of silk or cashmere, hand-stitched leather dyed to any color found in nature, wood veneers, fine porcelain, flatware and crystal stemware.

For the pilots, the G500 marks the first time an aircraft is certified to use enhanced vision to land thanks to the 10 touchscreens in the flight deck and a third-generation Enhanced Vision System.

Deliveries of the new aircraft will begin by the end of the year. The bigger brother of the aircraft, the G600, is next in line to get FAA certification.

“We’re excited to conclude the type certification effort, complete the production-certificate audit and move on to the next phase of this programme: delivering aircraft,” said in a statement Gulfstream president Mark Burns.

“The tens of thousands of lab hours combined with the more than 5,000 hours we’ve flown the five G500 flight-test aircraft will help ensure we deliver a high-performing, reliable, mature aircraft to customers.”

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