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September 25, 2012updated Feb 08, 2013

Jet Focus: Gulfstream G280

By Chris Boyle

New York, New York – Reported by Mike Espindle for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

The much-anticipated super-midsize replacement for the G200 is, apparently, quite a little speed demon, recently setting speed records for four city pairs, two on its trip to EBACE in Geneva this past spring.

Slated to enter service by the end of the year, the G280 not only beats the performance of the older G200 it is to replace, it has routinely exceeded the performance capabilities it was expected to produce when the program was launched in 2008 as the G250. With such extensive flight testing, Gulfstream has been able to weave the data into a quick-and-easy Q&A app for its PlaneBook iPad application.

“We want to ensure our operators are as comfortable as possible with this aircraft,” Gulfstream SVP Pres Henne told us. “This application is a nice complement to the hands-on training our customers will receive. The information in the app will enhance their operational experience and ensure they’re ready to go when the aircraft is. What’s more, they’ll be able to contribute questions of their own, thereby building up the knowledge base for the aircraft.”

For the record, the speed records set by the full interior, passenger-loaded serial number 2004 jet were: Dallas to Washington, DC (502.25 mph); Washington, DC to Geneva (525.59 mph); Paris to New York (469.95 mph); and New York to Dallas (489.52 mph).

Fast Facts Price: About $24 million Passengers: Typically 2 crew, 4 passengers Certification: FAA provisional March 2012 Range: 3,600NM (4,143 statute miles) External dimensions: 66 feet, 10 inches long; 21 feet, 4 inches high; 63 feet of wingspan Internal dimensions: 25 feet, 10 inches long; 6 feet, 3 inches high; 7 feet, 2 inches wide Maximum speed: .85 Mach Engines: Two Honeywell HTF7250Gs

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