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Dassault Falcon 7X Sets New Speed Record

May 13, 2014 - The Falcon 7X, serial number 207, took off from Teterboro Airport at 8:04 AM local time on May 2 with test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment at the controls.  

Three passengers were on board. The aircraft was fully equipped for normal operation with HUD, EVS and FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system. Five hours and 54 minutes later, at 6:58 PM local time, it touched down on the short 4,000 ft runway at London City Airport. 

For most of the 3,465 nm trip, the 7X cruised at Mach 0.88. Both passengers and pilots reported a comfortable flight, testimony to the precision and smoothness of the 7X’s aerodynamic design and digital flight controls. The record has been sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as an official world record. 


The Dassault Falcon 7X is a large-cabin, long range business jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation, the flagship offering of their business jet line. It is the first fully fly-by-wire business jet. It is also equipped with the same avionics suite, the Honeywell Primus Epic "Enhanced Avionics System" (EASy), that was used on the Falcon 900EX and later on the Falcon 2000EX. 

The Falcon 7X is notable for its extensive use of computer-aided design, the manufacturer claiming it to be the "first aircraft to be designed entirely on a virtual platform", using Dassault Systemes' CATIA and PLM products. 

It is also unusual in having an S-duct central engine, and is one of only two trijets currently in production, the other being the Dassault Falcon 900. It was also the first production Falcon jet to offer winglets.


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