Jet Stands Alone At Top Of Super Mid-Size Class
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, August 14, 2013 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s new super mid-size aircraft, the G280, has arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, this week to be part of the 10th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE). It’s the first time the aircraft will be part of the airshow’s static display.
“The G280 is well-suited to the Latin American market, particularly Brazil,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “From São Paulo, the G280 can reach all of South America without refueling and can easily reach the U.S. and Europe with one stop. Along with its superior range, the G280 has best-in-class fuel-efficiency and comfort.”
The G280 has been on a world demonstration tour since December 2012. So far, the demonstrator aircraft has visited 170 cities in 38 countries and accumulated more than 630 flight hours. During those eight months, the jet traveled 232,354 nautical miles (430,320 kilometers).
Since entering service in late 2012, the G280 has displayed its best-in-class speed, accumulating more than 30 city-pair speed records. The latest occurred en route to LABACE, when it traveled 2,900 nm (5,371 km) — from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, at an average speed of Mach 0.81 for a flight time of 6 hours and 28 minutes.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certified the Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II and Head-Up Display (HUD) II for the G280. The systems allow pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and possible obstructions in low-visibility conditions. With EVS II and HUD II, the G280 can land in weather conditions that would be prohibitive for unequipped aircraft.
The G280 is equipped with two Honeywell HTF7250G engines, each of which provides 7,624 pounds of thrust. The engines can propel the G280 to FL430 in less than 21 minutes and feature reduced emissions, longer maintenance intervals and decreased noise levels. The aircraft has a range of 3,600 nm (6,667 km) at Mach 0.80.