Falcon 7X certifiedDassault Falcon 7X certified
Zulassung für neuen Geschäftsreisejet<br /> At a ceremony on 27 April in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France, Dassault<br /> Aviation received full type certification for the Falcon 7X from both<br /> the EASA and FAA. Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of the EASA, and<br /> John Hickey, Director, Aircraft Certification Service for the FAA, were<br /> on hand to sign the type certificate.
The Falcon 7X is expected to enter service before the end of June 2007.
The 5950 nm Falcon 7X accomplished many firsts. It is the first airplane ever designed and built in an entirely virtual environment using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) philosophy. PLM sets a higher standard for the design and manufacturing process that brings collaborative teams closer together. Largely due to the utilization of the PLM processes, the time required to manufacture and complete the first flight-test ready 7X was much lower by as much as 50% compared to previous Falcons.
The 7X is also the first business jet to be flown with Fly-by-Wire (FBW) technology. With over 30 years of FBW experience on military programs, including the Mirage and Rafale fighters, Dassault created an advanced Digital Flight Control System for the Falcon 7X. The benefits include exceptional response and controls, safety and passenger comfort through the exceptional stability of the airplane.
Over 160 aircraft have been sold. This represents over four years of production and makes the Falcon 7X the most popular launch of a business jet ever in terms of sales dollar value.
Components installed on the Falcon 7X are manufactured around the world and come together in Bordeaux-Mérignac for final assembly. The airplanes are then flown to Dassault Falcon's completion center in Little Rock, Arkansas to for interior installations and exterior paint. There are currently more than 60 aircraft in various stages of production. Seven airplanes are in completion in Little Rock.
The Falcon 7X features the award-winning EASy Flight Deck and is powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines. It has a range of 5950 nm (eight passengers, M.80 with NBAA IFR reserves) which can comfortably connect 95% of the commonly used business aviation city pairs. Standard configuration features seating for 12 but the aircraft was certified to carry up to 19 with a crew of three