5 February 2019
FlightGlobal reports that Gulfstream has “pushed back certification and service entry of the G600, blaming the 35-day partial shutdown of the US government for the delay.” The long-range business jet had been scheduled for validation in early 2019, but during a fourth quarter earnings call on January 30, Phebe Novakovic, CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, “said the exact timing is now ‘hard to predict,’ given the impact of the shutdown on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).” Gulfstream has outstanding trials “related to flight into known icing, function and reliability.” Novakovic is confident of securing approval before the end of June. The company is also “ramping up production of the nacelle system” for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engine, which “powers the G600 and its smaller sibling, the G500, which entered service in October.” (Image: Gulfstream G500 at its Savannah, GA headquarters. Credit: Associated Press-©)
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