Dassault Aviation announced a design freeze on the Falcon 6X design and provided an update on its progress at EBACE 2019. The program is on track to assembly of the first aircraft in 2020, first flight in 2021, and entry into service in 2022.
The Falcon 6X will offer the widest cabin cross section of any purpose built business jet and the quietest and most comfortable cabin in its class according to Dassault. “Our design teams and partners have done an excellent job so far,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation. “Completing the design review this month and releasing the aircraft to the manufacturing process is a significant milestone. It demonstrates our confidence in the airframe and engine design as well as in the collaborative process we have put in place with our global partners.”
The engines for the aircraft are being produced by Pratt & Whitney Canada, and the PW812D engines that will power the Falcon 6X have accumulated nearly 1,000 hours of run time to date.
The Falcon 6X will have a maximum range of 5,500nm and cruises at Mach 0.85. The 6X will have an ultra-efficient wing that enables increased range and speed, but also minimizes the impact of turbulence. A next generation digital flight control system will control the moving surfaces, including a new flaperon that improves control during approach, especially on steep descents.
Equipped with the FalconEye Combined Vision System, which combines enhanced and synthetic vision capabilities, minimums on the Falcon 8X, 900LX and 2000 series aircraft have been reduced to 100 ft. The third-generation all digital EASy III flight deck will highlight the cockpit.
Dassault recently meet with engineers from 20 main suppliers and the company to align the interfaces between aircraft systems, and share a digital mock-up of the aircraft in real time. Virtual reality software has enabled engineers from various locations to closely examine systems and component placement in ways not previously possible, speeding up the engineering process.
The major aircraft components will be produced in several facilities, with final assembly at the company facilities in Merignac, France.