Gulfstream G800 flight-test vehicle 2
The second flight-test G800, which flew for the first time on July 15, will focus on evaluating environmental control systems, avionics, and flight controls. G800 certification is expected by June 2024. (Photo: Gulfstream Aerospace)

Second Jet Joins Gulfstream G800 Flight-test Fleet

The model boasts the longest range of any business aircraft currently available.

Gulfstream Aerospace’s second flight-test G800 took to the skies for the first time on July 15. The ultra-long-range twinjet took off at 9:27 a.m. from Gulfstream’s headquarters at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (KSAV) in Georgia and flew for 3 hours and 26 minutes using a 30 percent sustainable aviation fuel blend. It reached a top speed of Mach 0.935 during the flight. 

This second G800 will be dedicated to environmental control systems, avionics, and flight controls evaluation and builds on the more than 1,600 test points already accomplished by the first flight-test G800, according to Gulfstream. 

“Thanks to the design philosophy behind our next-generation fleet, the G800 is also benefiting from the excellent progress we continue to make in the G700 flight-test program,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “This commonality helps us enhance efficiency and reliability for our customers, who are already seeing firsthand how well these aircraft perform.”

Certification of the G700 is expected in the fourth quarter, with G800 approval to follow in about six months, Gulfstream said.