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May 17, 2016
Peter Collins, Flight International test pilot, joined our flight test team in Istres, near Marseille, in early April to test fly and evaluate one of our 8X test aircraft.
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April 27, 2016
Our Falcon 8X completed its world tour with the final leg from São Paulo to Paris on Monday. It flawlessly covered 55,000 nautical miles over the course of 60+ flights. We're very proud of this fine aircraft and the flight test team, engineers and support staff who worked with focus and dedication over the last month to make this mission a success. We look forward to the first deliveries to our customers in just a few months.
April 4, 2016
The Falcon 8X, is entering the final stages of its flight test and certification program as work proceeds to prepare the ultra-long range trijet for initial delivery. FAA and EASA certification of the 8X is expected by midyear and entry into service by late summer. The three aircraft in the flight test program have nearly completed all certification test requirements, and to date have accumulated over 650 flight hours in 325 flights. The cold soak trials were conducted at Ranken Inlet, Nunavut, on the northwestern shore of Canada’s Hudson Bay, from March 9-11. Falcon 8X s/n 03 has now begun a global test campaign to demonstrate aircraft operational reliability and performance in different conditions of flight. The month-long campaign will take the aircraft through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America and include more than 60 missions of various lengths representing the extremes of what Falcon 8X customers might expect to face during their aircraft’s operational life.
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November 16, 2015
Falcon 8X, is making its debut this week at the NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (BACE) in Las Vegas. Since first taking to the air last February, the three aircraft in the flight test program have accumulated about 200 flights.
The 8X on display in Las Vegas, the sixth to come off the assembly line, will head to Dassault’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion facility after the show for cabin and equipment outfitting and painting. Two other 8Xs are already in Little Rock, including the first customer aircraft and the third test unit, which is preparing for the cabin comfort test campaign. In parallel with flight tests, we are continuing to ramp up production at our final assembly facility in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, France. Eight aircraft are currently in various stages of assembly in Mérignac. Miles O'Brien gave us a guided video tour of the 8X program at this year's Falcon Family Breakfast at NBAA.
October 29, 2015
Fred George, Business & Commercial Aviation senior editor, was invited to Istres, Dassault Aviation’s flight test center, to fly Falcon 8X s/n 001 and evaluate the progress of the 8X program as well as sample our flagship’s handling qualities and performance.
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June 15, 2015
In front of tens of thousands of onlookers, the Falcon 8X made its first public debut at this week's 51st Paris Air Show. Flying with precision and elegance, the 8X flew daily after its older brother -- the Rafale -- providing a contrast to the sheer power and fierce maneuvers of the fighter jet. The 8X was piloted by Eric Gérard and Hervé Laverne.
May 18, 2015
The third and final Falcon 8X test aircraft has taken to the skies as the flight test campaign for the new ultra long range trijet moves into high gear. Falcon 8X s/n 03 took off from Dassault Aviation’s Bordeaux-Mérignac facility on Monday, May 11 at 2.00 p.m. local time with test pilots, Etienne Faurdessus and Damien Brault at the controls. The flight plan was similar to that of s/n 02, which joined the test campaign on April 2nd.
February 6, 2015
Today, at Dassault Aviation’s facility in Bordeaux-Merignac, Falcon 8X s/n 001 took to the skies for the first time with test pilots, Eric Gerard and Herve Laverne, at the controls. The flagship 8X lifted off at 2:00 pm, with the first flight lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. During the flight, the airplane climbed to FL400 (12,000 m) accelerating to Mach 0.80. All systems performed as expected.
This marks the beginning of an intensive flight test campaign which will involve three aircraft for both flight testing and certification – scheduled for mid-2016. The airplane will soon be relocated to the Dassault Aviation Flight Test Center in Istres, in Southern France. The center contains the most advanced monitoring and telemetry equipment in the industry. It is there that Dassault has developed sophisticated tests for its Falcons, fighter jets and more recently, the Neuron Unmanned Combat Aircraft. Besides exploring the flight envelope and systems testing, the flight test program will include intensive endurance campaigns in order to ensure a smooth entry into service, which is expected in the second half of 2016.
Eric Gérard: Falcon 8X Project Pilot Eric Gérard came to Dassault Aviation in 1991, following four years as a pilot at the French flight test center in Istres and eleven years as a navy pilot. His military background made him a natural choice as demo and test pilot for the Mirage 2000 and the Rafale. Eric has logged more than 8,000 hours flying a wide range of military and civil aircraft, including the Rafale, Mirage 2000 series and Super Etendard fighters and the entire Falcon family of business aircraft.
Hervé Laverne: Since joining Dassault Aviation in 1998, Hervé Laverne has accumulated nearly 10,000 flying hours, flight testing new civil aircraft, flight training, performing acceptance, demonstration and ferry flights and participating in EASA flight test work groups.His career path includes 10 years as flight test engineer at Socata, two of them as head of the flight test department. His flight test experience covers a wide range of civil aircraft programs, including the Falcon 7X, the Falcon 2000EX and EASy flight deck, Socata TBM700 and Airbus A320.
December 17, 2014
Unveiled today at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility before an audience of customers, operators, industrial partners and representatives of certification authorities, the Falcon 8X was rolled out for the first time. Ground tests, including flight control system testing, vibration tests and fuel system testing, concluded in November. The first engine run up took place in early December and the aircraft is on track for a maiden flight in the first quarter of 2015.
December 17, 2014
Imagination is our raw material …
At the occasion of the Falcon 8X rollout, Dassault Falcon asked Etienne de Malglaive, a famous French photo-reporter, to follow the 8X manufacturing. The result is a beautiful portfolio of images taken at the Dassault facilities that we are happy to share with you today.
August 1, 2014
The wings and fuselage of the first Falcon 8X were recently joined, and with engines installed, it’s ready for initial power-on and ground testing to begin. Read more here. Joining the wings is a precise and delicate operation, but when complete, yields one of the most robust airframes on a business jet. Our ‘piano junction’ configuration is borrowed from our fighter siblings. To learn more about it, read this article in Falconer magazine.
May 20, 2014
The Falcon 8X is already at an advanced stage of production with the first airframe expected to be assembled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac, France facility in the coming months. An extensive expansion project at Dassault’s Little Rock, Arkansas. facility will break ground shortly, enabling it to accommodate completion of the new Falcon 8X and Falcon 5X models.
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May 19, 2014
Dassault Aviation today launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra long range category. The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon. Moreover, it will offer the same low operating economics and the remarkable operating flexibility for which all Falcons are known.
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