Monday 4th April, Eric Trappier, Loïk Segalen and Olivier Villa took off from Le Bourget (Paris) for Teterboro (New York) on board the Falcon 8X s/n 3.
The Falcon 8X s/n 3, which was fitted out with a complete commercial interior, is one of the three aircraft dedicated to development and certification testing for the Falcon 8X.
This will be carried out during a one-month round the world tour to demonstrate its operational performance and reliability in a variety of conditions.
After New York, the other main destinations planned are Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Singapore, London, Sao Paulo, … The Falcon 8X will take the opportunity to participate in the Shanghai air show.
It will also make landings on airfields which are hard to access owing to their high altitude (Aspen, La Paz) or runway length (Telluride/Colorado), conduct hot/cold weather tests, a series of about ten short flights on the same day, one after the other, and so on.
A total of about 65 flights is scheduled, representing 140 flying hours and a distance of 55,000 Nm.
During these tests, particular attention will be given to the behavior of the cabin equipment and communication systems.
Before take-off, Eric Trappier explained: “I am delighted to fly for the first time on this magnificent aircraft and to take part in a test flight during my visit to DFJ. I wish to express my full support for the Dassault Aviation teams who have developed such a remarkable aircraft.”