G250 To Start Natural Icing Trials
Gulfstream has completed several icing certification test points on the G250. S/N 2001 has flown with simulated ice shapes applied to the non-heated areas of the aircraft, including the nose, tail, winglets and engine pylons. Meanwhile, S/N 2002 completed anti-ice system dry-air testing, paving the way for certification flight testing into known icing conditions, which at press time were expected to start in the U.S. As of mid-February, the three flight-test G250s have logged more than 700 hours on some 220 flights. The aircraft, as well as ground-test articles, have also completed scores of other test milestones as the aircraft program moves closer to certification, which is expected later this year. Manufacturing of the first non-test G250, S/N 2004, is under way at Israel Aerospace Industries near Tel Aviv.