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Gulfstream G650 and G280 get FAA type certificates


Gulfstream's newest ultra-long-range business jet got FAA type certificate approval last week, paving the way for deliveries to start later this year. The jet can seat up to 18 and cruise up to 7,000 miles at Mach 0.85. Built to compete with large business jets like Bombardier's Global series, the G650 has a wider and taller cabin than previous Gulfstream models, and a cockpit build around four 14-inch LCD displays. The company's PlaneConnect system lets jet operators on the ground monitor flight parameters and engine health in real time; the plane can even automatically send maintenance alerts to Gulfstream. The company's new midsize G280 also earned Israeli and U.S. type certificates last week. The 10-seat plane replaces the older Galaxy business jet, which was made by Israel Aerospace Industries. The G280 features a new wing design and Honeywell engines that use less fuel and are quieter than before, allowing the plane to cruise at Mach 0.85. Its 3,600 range means it can fly across the U.S. or from New York to London nonstop, one of few business jets in its size category with that capability.