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Second Aircraft Joins Falcon 8X Test Fleet

By Juliet Van Wagenen | April 6, 2015
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Dassault Aviation’s second Falcon 8X  flight test aircraft in flight
Dassault Aviation’s second Falcon 8X  flight test aircraft in flight. Photo: Dassault

[Avionics Today 04-06-2015] A second flight test aircraft has joined the Falcon 8X campaign as the ultra long-range business jet continues on its road to FAA and EASA certification, expected in mid-2016.

The Falcon 8X s/n 02 took to the skies from Dassault Aviation’s Bordeaux-Mérignac facility on Monday, March 30. The flight plan was similar to that of the maiden flight in February.

“We are very pleased with the way the aircraft responded and flew,” said Test Pilot Hervé Laverne. “It demonstrated the same flawless handling qualities as s/n 01, a very positive development at this early stage of the flight test campaign.”

The aircraft will now join the original test aircraft at the Dassault flight test center at Istres, France where it will mostly serve for performance testing.

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