Dassault Falcon 6X successfully operated the first flight in its history, being dedicated to Olivier Dassault
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On 10 March 2021, Dassault Aviation announced that the company's Falcon 6X widebody successfully completed the first flight as planned, in the first quarter of 2021, demonstrating the maturity of the program and opening the testing campaign for certification.
With test pilots Bruno Ferry and Fabrice Valette in hand, the 6X s / n 01 aircraft took off from the Dassault Aviation factory in Mérignac, near Bordeaux, at 14:45. This initial flight of about two and a half hours was performed according to plan, with pilots testing the maneuverability of the aircraft, engines and the behavior of key aircraft systems. The aircraft exceeded 40.000 ft and reached a speed of M0.8 before returning to base.
"Today's flight is another important milestone in Dassault's history, made all the more satisfying by the remarkable efforts of the entire Dassault organization and its partners in the challenging last year." said Eric Trappier, President / CEO of Dassault Aviation. "dedicate today’s achievement of Olivier Dassault, who died in a tragic plane crash on March 7, ”he said. continued Trappier. "Olivier was a Falcon pilot who perfectly embodied his family's boundless passion for aviation."
Dassault Falcon 6X on the first flight
"Falcon 6X is the latest example of a fusion of military knowledge and business aviation expertise for which Dassault Aviation is so respected." added Trappier. "New capabilities in terms of efficiency, performance and safety offered by the new Falcon 6X will set a new long-term benchmark. This aircraft will also set a new standard in terms of comfort and cabin space, as our customers want. ”
The next flight of S / N 01 will combine test activities near Marseille, where the Dassault test center is located, and most of the test program will take place. Falcon 6X s / n 02 and 03 are scheduled to enter the test program in the coming months.