G250 Avionics Test Rig Logs 1,000 Hours
Gulfstream’s G250 integration test facility (ITF) in Savannah, Ga., has logged more than 1,000 hours of testing of the PlaneView250 avionics software load that will be the basis for securing the super-midsize business jet’s initial type certificate next year. Gulfstream reached the milestone just four months after evaluation of the Rockwell Collins-provided software began. The PlaneView250 flight deck is based on Collins’s Pro Line Fusion avionics system. According to Gulfstream senior vice president of programs, engineering and test Pres Henne, “This test facility is a critical step in bringing this aircraft to market, because it allows us to integrate, test and make adjustments on the ground.” The G250 facility is the first of its kind for midsize jets at Gulfstream, though the company launched the ITF concept with the large-cabin GV and used similar facilities for the G450 and G550. “It allows us to do the testing in a safe environment and at a much quicker pace,” said Mark Kohler, G250 program director. The G250 ITF was first powered up on Nov. 20, 2007, and had its first simulated flight on July 7, 2008.