Aircraft to be delivered to Airfix Aviation of Finland as OH-GVV
Aircraft to be delivered to (Steve Wynn) Wynn Las Vegas (for VIP Charters Vegas - Macau) as N711SW
"US safety investigators today criticized Gulfstream managers over charges that a chain of errors and process lapses contributed to a fatal flight test crash of a Gulfstream 650 in April 2011.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meeting added few new details to the events leading to the crash in Roswell, New Mexico, but members instead sharpened their critique of Gulfstream's handling of time pressures and safety controls during the G650 flight test programme.
"In this investigation we saw an aggressive flight test schedule and pressure to get the aircraft certified," says Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman. "Assumptions and errors were made, but they were neither reviewed nor re-evaluated when review data was collected."
The NTSB's findings have been a black eye to the ultra-long-range jet as Gulfstream prepares to deliver the first of 200 G650s on order by the end of the year. Although the crash made little impact on the overall schedule, the NTSB meeting makes it clear that investigators want to ensure the right controls and regulations are in place to prevent such incidents in the future.
"This crash was as much an absence of leadership as it was of lift," Hersman says.
Gulfstream issued a statement thanking the NTSB for thoroughly reviewing the accident.
"Safety is Gulfstream's first priority. Since this accident, we have redoubled our efforts to strengthen the safety culture in flight test and throughout the rest of the company," Gulfstream says. "We are committed to continuous safety improvement."
The circumstances of the G650 crash first appeared last May, as exclusively reported by Flightglobal. It was an engine-out take-off test at maximum weight, among the most challenging points on the test card.
Gulfstream had been struggling to make the G650 achieve the minimum certifiable speed after climbing 10.7m (35ft) over the runway. Programme officials tried to solve the problem partly by increasing the angle of attack at rotation, but they miscalculated the minimum angle necessary to avoid a stall. Unaware of the loss of lift at rotation, the flight crew was unable to prevent the G650's right wing from rolling off. The aircraft then veered off the runway and skidded to a stop about 100m from the airport's control tower.
Discovery is the point of any flight test, but the NTSB found that Gulfstream quickly disregarded or misinterpreted two previous wing roll-offs that could have given away the true stall angle for the G650. Gulfstream failed to reconvene a safety review board to examine the results of the previous events.
"According to industry practice, take-off tests should have stopped because these were unexpected results," says Mitchell Gallo, an NTSB air safety inspector."
photo jonostrower/flickr N650PH @ NBAA 2012 serial 6013
Possibly N100A serial 6010 being delivered this afternoon as well.
SAVANNAH, Ga., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today delivered its first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The first aircraft was delivered to a U.S. customer. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD).
"We're extremely proud of this aircraft and the work that's been done by the G650 design, build and supplier teams," said Larry Flynn, president, Gulfstream. "The first delivery of an aircraft is always an auspicious occasion and this one is especially so. This delivery represents the beginning of a new era in aircraft design and manufacturing in terms of quality, capabilities, reliability, parts availability and maintenance activities.
"We're thrilled to see the first G650 leave our hangar for a customer's. Soon the G650 will be a common sight at airports around the world," Flynn said.
Jay L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Gulfstream's parent corporation, General Dynamics, said, "The G650 sets a new world standard for business-jet performance, range, speed and comfort. I am very proud of the Gulfstream team. They have done a superb job in designing and manufacturing an aircraft that is already the envy of the global market."
Gulfstream recently announced enhanced performance characteristics for the G650, including more range. The G650 can now travel 6,000 nautical miles (11,112 km) at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90. This is a 1,000-nm (1,852-km) increase over the original target of 5,000 nm (9,260 km). The additional capability makes city pairs such as Tokyo to New York, New York to Dubai, Shanghai to London and Moscow to Los Angeles possible at speeds faster than any other business jet.
The G650's takeoff balanced field length decreased to 5,858 feet (1,786 m) from the original 6,000 feet (1,829 m) at the aircraft's maximum takeoff weight of 99,600 pounds (45,179 kg). This improvement allows the G650 to fly farther from demanding, short runways.
The G650 has a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.925, making it the fastest certified civilian aircraft in production. Each of its two Rolls-Royce BR725 A1-12 engines provides 16,900 pounds of thrust, yet the aircraft burns less fuel and produces fewer emissions than other aircraft.
The G650 cabin includes a number of technologically advanced systems, including the Gulfstream-designed Cabin Management System, which allows passengers to use personal electronic devices to control the cabin's high-definition audio and video components as well as cabin lighting, cabin temperature, window shades and other cabin functions, including the Gulfstream CabinView Passenger Flight Information System.
The cabin adheres to Gulfstream's Cabin Essential design philosophy. This means the cabin systems (lighting, power, cabin control, cabin entertainment, and the water and waste systems) are designed with redundancy that minimizes the risk of losing cabin functionality.
The G650 earned its type certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Sept. 7, 2012.
N711SW 6007 Steve Wynn more photos RusselHill/Flickr
N100A 6010 Exxon Mobil Oil photo LoadedAaron/Twitter
Total five deliveries for 2012
1 N711SW 6007 Steve Wynn Dec 20
2 N100A 6010 Exxon Mobil Dec 20
3 N102BG 6011 Contrail Aviation Dec 26
4 N762MS 6008 Wal-Mart Stores Dec 28
5 N524EA 6012 to ??? Dec 31
Interesting since the ICAO aircraft type description is 'GLF6'.
This might be a dumb question, but what's the correct way to use the 'quote' function on this thing?