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Gulfstream G500 and G600 software fix approved by the FAA and EASA

Gulfstream received FAA certification of the updated Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 flight-control validation and revised aircraft flight manual on Sept. 12. According to Gulfstream, this removed operational limitations that were imposed in an FAA airworthiness directive earlier this year. Gulfstream pre-stationed Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) at three regional customer fly-in centers for rapid deployment of the installation in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and at Jet Aviation facilities in Basel, Switzerland, and Singapore. "We anticipate the majority of the G500 and G600 fleet receiving the software update by the end of this month," a representative of Gulfstream said in a statement. "We've already completed the installation for and returned to service a number of aircraft"RELATED STORY: Gulfstream G500 to get flight control software fix According to Jeannine Haas, Gulfstream's chief marketing officer, this news now allows for delivery of additional aircraft that have been delayed pending the software fix. According to the FAA, an airworthiness directive that was released in May was prompted "by reports of two landing incidents in which the alpha limiter engaged in the landing flare in unstable air, resulting in high rate of descent landings and damage to the airplanes.""We appreciate the support from our customers and the continued partnership with the FAA as we developed and robustly tested the upgrade during these past months," Gulfstream said in a statement to GlobalAir.com. The software update has also been approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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