The EASA Private Ops approval for G650ER from the Gulfstream, enables customers.
Gulfstream Aerospace is bringing its longest-range aircraft, the G650ER, to the European market with the recent issuance of European Aviation Safety Agency approval for private operations.
The extended-range version of the G650 was announced during EBACE 2014 and achieved U.S. FAA certification in October that year. Customer deliveries of the 7,500-nm jet began a month later. The approval is limited to private operations and, for placarded aircraft, charter operations at up to 100,000 pounds. Gulfstream (Booth S141) continues to work toward full validation for commercial operations and hopes to obtain that approval by the end of next year. EASA approval enables customers to register the aircraft in a European Union country.
Certification comes as Gulfstream executives remain encouraged about prospects for the European market. The Gulfstream fleet, now numbering 220 jets in Europe, has grown by 24 percent in the region over the last five years, Gulfstream president Mark Burns said on the eve of EBACE this week. Burns noted the relevance of this show, saying it “has become one of the most important events of the year for us” while stressing that his company is optimistic about its prospects here this week.
Gulfstream also is using EBACE to demonstrate its efforts in biofuels, flying both the G450 and G550 to the event on renewable fuels.