Gulfstream has received both the type and production certificates for its new G600 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to an announcement from the company.
The certifications pave the way for Gulfstream to begin deliveries of the aircraft to customers, the first of which are scheduled for later this year.
“Getting both authorisations on the same day is evidence of the maturity of our G600 production processes and speaks to the safety and reliability of the aircraft’s design,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream.
“The hard work by our team, including nearly 100,000 hours of ‘flying’ in our labs and more than 3,200 hours of flying in the air, shows our dedication to safety and our customers.”
The G600 is the third Gulfstream model to achieve simultaneous type and production certification from the FAA, after the G550 in 2003 and the G500, which accomplished the feat last year.
FAA type certification is granted when an aircraft’s design proves compliance with aviation regulations, while the production certificate is issued when a company’s manufacturing facilities and quality management system meet the FAA’s safety and reliability requirements.