Dassault Aviation announced on Monday that its Falcon 6X business jet has officially entered service.
The Falcon 6X received its type certifications from the FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on August 22. Dassault noted that the model has since received some post-certification upgrades that required EASA approval.
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“Dassault Aviation shares this remarkable occasion with its customers, who are sure to receive an exceptional aircraft,” said Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Éric Trappier.
The Falcon 6X flew for the first time in March 2021 and went on to log around 1,500 flight hours over the course of a two-year flight test campaign that wrapped up in May 2022. The company also readied a 6X full-flight simulator for pilots seeking a type rating in the jet, the first of whom began training in September.
The Pratt & Whitney PW812D-powered 6X offers a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.9, 5,500 nm range, and maximum takeoff weight of 77,500 pounds. The largest and most powerful aircraft in Dassault’s lineup, it measures 84 feet, 3 inches long and 24 feet 6 inches high with a wingspan of 85 feet, 1 inch. With a maximum cabin width of 102 inches and cabin height of 78 inches, the aircraft can be configured to carry up to 12-16 passengers.
The Falcon 6X comes equipped with the company’s digital flight control system (DFCS) and Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy IV avionics suite. Other features include Dassault’s FalconEye heads-up display/combined vision system and FalconScan advanced diagnostics system, which the company says monitors and reports on 100,000 maintenance parameters.