gulfstream g650 family now faa-certified for steep approach

May 21, 2019

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the Gulfstream G650TM and flagship Gulfstream G650ERTM have been certified for steep approach by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, allowing the ultralong-range aircraft to access even more airports worldwide.

“With the G650ER’s proven performance, our customers consistently arrive first to their destinations and now have even more flexibility,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are committed to providing options for traveling, unhindered, to the most remote destinations. Speed and range combined with steep-approach certification ensure customers save countless hours per year.”

After successfully demonstrating steep-approach operations in 2018, the G650ER can now access challenging airports such as London City, which requires the certification due to its short runway and stringent noise-abatement requirements.

The certification also opens access to Lugano and similar airports located in the mountainous region of Switzerland. Lugano’s short runway, situated in the mouth of a valley, requires an extremely steep approach.

The G650 family comprises more than 355 in-service aircraft and has achieved more than 90 city-pair speed records. The aircraft recently completed the fastest, longest-range business jet flight in history, from Singapore to Tucson, Arizona, beating the previous world record by 44 minutes.