After Receiving EASA Approval, Dassault’s Falcon 8X is Granted U.S. FAA Certification
Dassault’s flagship Falcon 8X received U.S. FAA certification today, just two days after the French aircraft manufacturer announced European approval for the ultra-long-range trijet, a company spokesman told AIN. The 6,450-nm jet is expected to enter service early in the fourth quarter.
These double certifications come on the heels of a global proving tour completed in late April. On the tour, Falcon 8X S/N 03 demonstrated aircraft capabilities under different conditions of operation, with a particular focus on cabin comfort and connectivity. The 65-flight, 55,000-nm campaign took the aircraft to 46 destinations, from North, Central and South America to Europe, the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia.
Missions varied in length, from 18 minutes to 14 hours, including long-range flights from Singapore and São Paulo to Paris and from New York to Abu Dhabi. The aircraft experienced a full range of flight conditions, from hot weather and extreme cold (-33 degrees C) to very high- and low-humidity environments. Twenty-six test and operational pilots took part in the tests, along with more than 60 engineers, technicians and flight attendants.
“Feedback from the operational trials was excellent and indicates the aircraft is poised for flawless service entry,” said Dassault Aviation civil aircraft senior vice president Olivier Villa.
This article was originally posted on AINOnline.com.