(05 July 2021)
A third Falcon 6X recently completed its maiden
flight, joining Dassault Aviation’s flight test campaign and
moving the new long-range extra widebody twin a step closer to
anticipated certification in 2022.
Falcon 6X s/n 003 is fitted with a full interior
and will be used for cabin design validation.
The aircraft completed a two-hour maiden flight
from Dassault’s Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly plant to its
Istres flight test facility on 24 June, climbing to Flight Level
400 and accelerating to a cruise speed of Mach 0.85.
The first 6X flew on 10 March and the second on 30
April. The two test aircraft have accumulated more than 130 flight
test hours, at a rate of two to three flights a week, and envelope
expansion is now nearly complete.
“This latest flight is yet another sign of the
smooth progress we have been making with the 6X test program,”
said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “We
have been consistently impressed with the flight performance and
handling of the 6X and the reliability of aircraft systems.”
In addition to testing the in-flight entertainment
and communications systems, the
s/n 003 aircraft will be used to evaluate environmental features
and temperature control and validate cabin acoustics systems.
“The 6X is shaping up to become one of our great
success stories, a new benchmark in flying performance and
comfort,” Philippe Duchateau, Dassault’s chief test pilot, said in
a recent wrap-up of flight test activities. “It’s a real joy to
A fourth aircraft will also be equipped with a
full cabin interior, currently being installed in Mérignac. It
will conduct a two-month global endurance flight campaign intended
to ensure that all 6X systems are fully mature upon entry into
Production of additional units is in full swing, with
aircraft no. 10 scheduled to be on the final assembly line by
the beginning of July.
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