The Falcon 8X – the promising new executive jet designed and produced by Dassault of France – made its first flight on 6 Feburary 2015 with callsign Medoc7. The flight proved successful, said in a press statement afterwards.
The jet took off from Bordeaux – where Dassault’s Merignac production facility is – for a series of north-south circuits on stretches of about 80 miles (100 km) over the Bay of Biscay just off the coast of France towards the Atlantic Ocean. The jet reached a maximum altitude of 12,000 feet and a max speed of Mach 0.8.
At about 15:30 local time it was “feet dry” for the jet when it flew again over land at about 5,000 feet, heading towards runway 5 of Aéroport de Bordeaux for a low-level pass at 375 feet at around 170 knots, according to radar images on Flightradar24.com. Breaking left and back up to 1,600 feet (150 knots) it flew the circuit to land at 15:45.
As a further development of the Falcon 7X, the new Falcon 8X will be able to get the typical business traveller across a whole 6,450 nautical miles (11,945 km). The 8X has a 3.5 feet longer cabin, to give it more space inside.
The new premier French executive jet was officially presented in December 2014.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The Falcon 8X seen on its first flight. (Image © Dassault)