Falcon 8X, new business jet of Dassault for ultra long haul is now certified in Europe.
This is the great news for Dassault Aviation. Their new business jet for flights on very long distances got the certificate of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) on 27 June, in strict compliance with the schedule. Very soon Falcon 8X have to obtain such certificate from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration USA). Deliveries of the new flagship of the Falcon family will begin in the last quarter of the year.
“Not only did we develop a Falcon which is exactly in line with the needs of our customers in terms of range, comfort and operational flexibility, but we also did so in record time and with an unparalleled process to ensure aircraft reliability and maturity,” said Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation. Falcon 8X was presented on May 19, 2014, at the EBACE show in Geneva.
Representatives of the airline manufacturer also reported that 12 aircraft Falcon 8X are in the specialized center in Little Rock (Arkansas) for installation of the furnishing of the interior. In the meantime, the assembly of the 26th aircraft is performed in the factory of Dassault Aviation in Merignac.
Business jet Falcon 8X is an evolution of the Falcon 7X. With 1 m longer lounge, the new corporate jet with three jet engines has a range of up to 11 950 km, or, for example, a direct flight from Singapore to Bourget airport.
Besides greater fuel supply (+ 1,35t), the new plane has a wing with a more modern structure, lighter with more strength and elasticity – characteristics that also increase the radius of action.
The 8X also inherits many other innovative solutions from the Falcon family, like the characteristics at low speeds, making it possible to use shorter runways than its competitors. The jet engines are three PW307D of Pratt & Whitney Canada, a new version of the PW307, with a maximum traction of 2843 kg (increased by 5% compared to the PW307A engines of the Falcon 7X).
The first Falcon 8X over the coming months will take part in the flights for certificate of Elbit’s CVS (Combined Vision System), now called FalconEye, which synchronizes the synthetic image (SVS) and the real-time infrared image (EVS) for approaches at low or zero visibility (to a height of 45 m).