Gulfstream G550 receives South African type certificate; G280 earns FAA certification

Gulfstream Aerospace’s G550 large-cabin business jet has received type certification from South African Civil Aviation Authority, the latest of nearly 30 countries and regions that have certified the aircraft.

The news comes days after Gulfstream’s new G280 business jet earned type certificates from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.

The certificates verify the airworthiness of the airplane’s design and are among the final steps needed to deliver the jets to customers.

Deliveries of the G280 will begin before the end of the year.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the plane’s wings.

The G280 is a joint effort between Gulfstream and Israel Aerospace Industries.

Gulfstream introduced the G550 in 2000. It received type and production certificates from the FAA in 2003.