Dassault Falcon’s new 7X demonstrator recently completed an extensive tour through North America which included 89 flights over the 21 day tour. Up to 12 legs a day were flown with only three “off days” during the three week tour. The aircraft accumulated nearly 70 hours of flight time.
“Customer response was very positive throughout the tour. Pilots appreciated the digital flight control system which reduces the pilot’s workload while increasing aircraft stability. Passengers appreciated the large, bright cabin, smooth ride and library quiet interior,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “And the reliability of the aircraft was also a great asset allowing us to meet a very tight schedule.”
The tour began on July 9 shortly after the demonstrator entered service and included 44 executive and pilot demonstrations throughout the United States and Canada. Immediately following the North American tour, the aircraft left for similar journey through the Caribbean, South America and Mexico. It made its first appearance at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Falcon 7X has the longest range of any Falcon business jet and is the most fuel efficient jet in its class. Since its entry into service in 2007, the 7X cabin has set a new standard for business jets. It presents a large and bright cabin with 28 windows which are 10% bigger than previous Falcons. It also features a low in flight cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, even while cruising at an altitude of 51,000 ft, and an advanced temperature control system that maintains the environment to within one degree throughout the entire cabin. The 7X is also praised by its passengers for its "library quiet" cabin which is the result of breakthroughs in design, materials and cushioned engine mounts.
Announced at the Paris Air Show in 2001, the Falcon 7X is the first business jet with a digital flight control system and was simultaneously certified by both the EASA and the FAA on April 27, 2007. It features the award-winning EASy Flight Deck and is powered by three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines. Its 5,950 nm range (eight passengers, M.80 with NBAA IFR reserves) can comfortably connect 95% of the commonly used business aviation city pairs.