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Magazine Ultimate Jet #74

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BRIEFING I MANUFACTURER I 10 Gulfstream introduces another G700 test aircraft Gulfstream Aerospace announced the fifth Gulfstream G700 flight-test aircraft has taken flight, just three weeks after the fourth G700 flew for the first time. «The G700 flight-test program is progressing exceptionally well,» said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. «Every day, we come closer to our goal of delivering this revolutionary aircraft to our customers. We are steadily increasing flights, flight hours and the completion of numerous company tests, further raising the bar for business aviation around the world.» The fifth G700 test aircraft took off today and flew 3 hours and 8 minutes, reaching an altitude of 48,000 feet/14,630 meters and a top speed of Mach 0.935. This aircraft will focus largely on testing avionics. Since the first G700 flight on Feb. 14, Gulfstream has made significant progress in company flight-testing including cold-weather at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida; flutter; aerodynamic stalls; and envelope expansion. The aircraft has also flown beyond its maximum operating speed and cruise altitude, reaching Mach 0.99 and an altitude of 54,000 ft/16,459 m. In typical operations, the G700 has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925 and a maximum cruise altitude of 51,000 ft/15,545 m.

Beechcraft King Air 360 enters into service with first delivery of the newest flagship turboprop Textron Aviation has celebrated the entry into service and first delivery of its Beechcraft King Air 360 turboprop aircraft. The event was commemorated in a special delivery to its launch customer – Stamoules Produce Company, Inc. The California-based business selected the flagship King Air 360 as its first-ever aircraft purchase due to its combination of outstanding performance capabilities, ease of operation and the enhanced passenger experience, all of which will help expand the company’s growing operations. The momentous occasion marks another major milestone for the legendary King Air turboprop lineup, which has been flying customers throughout the world for more than 50 years. The King Air 360 builds on a reputation of versatility and reliability, offering the latest technological advancements in the cockpit, a redesigned cabin and enhancements to passenger comfort. «This is a special day for Beechcraft King Air turboprops as we begin a new era for such a beloved aircraft,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president of Sales and Flight Operations for Textron Aviation. “We are privileged to welcome Stamoules Produce Company to the Beechcraft family. This upgraded aircraft features innovative technology and next generation capabilities, and it will allow this launch customer an opportunity to transform the way they do business.» Ultimate Jet I 11

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