Last Updated on March 11, 2021 1834 hrs IST

Dassault Aviation has successfully completed its maiden flight of widebody Falcon 6X business jet. The aircraft 6X s/n 01 lifted off from Dassault Aviation’s Mérignac plant near Bordeaux and undertook two hour and thirty minute maiden flight, with test pilots Bruno Ferry and Fabrice Valette at its controls to check the aircraft systems.

The aircraft topped out at 40,000 ft and reached a speed of M0.8 before returning to its base.

The Falcon 6X presently has the tallest and widest cabin in business aviation measuring six feet, six inches in height and eight feet, six inches in width. The aircraft has an intercontinental range of 5,500 nm.

Two further flight-test prototypes are currently being assembled and will fly shortly, the company says.

Dassault’s FalconEye combined vision system which is the first HUD (Heads up Display) to combine synthetic, database-driven terrain mapping and actual thermal and low-light camera images into a single view which results is an unprecedented level of situational awareness for flight crews under all conditions of operation, including fog, mist, snow and other severe weather conditions, day or night, will be standard on the 6X.

The 6X will also be the first Falcon equipped with the FalconScan advanced diagnostics system, which monitors and reports on 100,000 maintenance parameters. The aircraft is powered by new-generation Pratt & Whitney PW812D engines.

“Today’s flight is another milestone in Dassault history, made all the more satisfying by the remarkable efforts of the entire Dassault organization and its partners over the challenging past year,” said Dassault Aviation chairman/CEO Eric Trappier.

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