Gulfstream’s G280 Sets Speed Record

The G280 has set nearly five dozen world speed records in recent years.

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The G280 has earned 57 speed records since entering service in November 2012.Gulfstream

Gulfstream Aerospace and the Swiss Fédération Aéronautique Internationale confirmed last week the Savannah, Georgia, aircraft builder’s G280 super-midsize business jet set another FAI-sanctioned world speed record, this one between McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, California, and Kona International Airport (HKO) in Kalaoa on the far west edge of the big island of Hawaii.

The G280 completed the 2,257-nautical-mile overwater flight at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.84 despite departing from CRQ’s 4,897-foot runway. The aircraft carried three people and touched down four hours and 47 minutes after takeoff, with fuel in excess of NBAA IFR reserves remaining.

The G280, capable of a top speed of Mach 0.85, has earned 57 speed records since its November 2012 entry into service.

In more traditional operations, the G280 will fly eight passengers a distance of 3,600 nm at Mach 0.80, a trip that means even against a winter wind, the aircraft can reach New York nonstop from London. This Gulfstream is also certified for the steep 5.5-degree approach into airports like London City, where the available landing distance is 4,327 feet for landing and just 3,937 feet for takeoff.