Ultra-Large-Cabin, Ultra-Long-Range Aircraft Earns High Altitude Approval, Continues To Set Records
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, August 14, 2013 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s newest aircraft, the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650, made its Latin American debut today as part of the company’s static display at the 10th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. This marks the first time a G650 has been at the Latin American airshow.
“We’re pleased to showcase the G650 at LABACE for the first time,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “Over the past several years, we’ve made a significant investment in the Latin American region, including establishing a dedicated service center in Sorocaba. We’re committed to providing our operators with the best support and resources possible.”
Most recently, the G650 received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to take off and land at airports at altitudes up to 15,000 feet (4,572 m). The testing required for the certification was conducted in May in La Paz, Bolivia.
Previously cleared for landing at airports at or below 10,000 feet (3,048 m), the aircraft is now certified to operate into the highest airports in the world, including El Alto International Airport in Bolivia (13,310 feet/4,057 m), Inca Manco Cápac International Airport in Peru (12,552 feet/3,826 m), Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Peru (10,860 feet/3,310 m), and Nagqu Dagring Airport in Tibet, which will be the world’s highest airport at 14,554 feet (4,436 m) when it is completed in 2014.
Since mid-January, the G650 has visited 112 cities in 31 countries for more than 500 flying hours as part of Gulfstream’s world demonstration tour. The demonstrator has flown approximately 227,000 nm (420,404 km) so far this year.