[Avionics Magazine 06-28-2016] The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded a type certification to Dassault Aviation for its latest flagship business jet, the Falcon 8X. Dassault is expecting to clear the FAA certification process by the early fourth quarter of 2016.
Dassault Falcon 8X. Photo: Dassault Aviation.
In late April, Falcon 8X s/n 03 completed a global proving tour designed to demonstrate 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 ultra-long-range flights from Singapore and Sao 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 (minus 33 degrees Celsius) to extra high and low humidity environments.
A total of 26 test and operational pilots took part in the tests, along with more than 60 engineers, technicians and flight attendants.