The Dassault Falcon 8X is a member of the Dassault Falcon family, which consists of jet airplanes intended for business use. It is interesting to note that this particular jet airplane has a close connection to the tried and true Dassault Falcon 7X, so much so that the EASA actually considers it to be a subtype of that particular jet airplane. However, it is important to note that it comes with some significant differences, which are more than enough to enable it to stand out on its own. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Dassault Falcon 8X:
1. Unveiled in 2014
The existence of the Dassault Falcon 8X was revealed at 2014's EBACE. For those who are unfamiliar with that name, EBACE stands for the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is one of the most important events in said region for companies that make business jets as well as the people who are interested in buying business jets.
2. Certified in 2016
In June of 2016, the Dassault Falcon 8X received the relevant certifications from both the EASA and the FAA. The first would be the European Aviation Safety Agency, while the second would be the Federation Aviation Administration of the United States.
3. Based on the Dassault Falcon 7X
Design-wise, the Dassault Falcon 8X is based on that of the Dassault Falcon 7X. However, it incorporates a number of improvements such as the optimization of its engine as well as some changes such as increased fuel capacity.
4. Greatest Range in the Dassault Falcon Family
The increased fuel capacity is no coincidence, seeing as how the Dassault Falcon 8X is supposed to have the greatest range in the entire Dassault Falcon family. For those who are curious, this means 6,450 nautical miles, which is a significant step-up compared to the Dassault Falcon 7X's 5,950 nautical miles.
5. Bigger Cabin
Said step-up is particularly interesting considering that the Dassault Falcon 8X boasts a bigger cabin than the Dassault Falcon 7X. To be exact, its cabin has 3.5 feet on that of its predecessor, thus putting it at 42.67 feet. Of course, this is without counting either the cockpit or the baggage.
6. Supposed to Have a More Comfortable Cabin
Speaking of which, Dassault put a lot of emphasis on the cabin of the Dassault Falcon 8X, as shown by the claim that it has the most comfortable cabin that can be found in its particular segment of the market. On top of this, the Dassault Falcon 8X comes with a wider selection of cabin configurations than that its competitors, meaning that interested parties can choose the option that is best-suited to their particular needs and circumstances for even better results.
7. First Unit Went to Amjet Executive
The first Dassault Falcon 8X was sold to Amjet Executive, which is an air charter company that has its headquarters situated in the city of Athens in Greece. Given its choice of plane, it should come as no surprise to learn that Amjet Executive is an air charter company that specializes in serving commercial clients. Currently, the company has a total of 7 Dassault Falcons in its fleet, with one of them being a Dassault Falcon 8X and two of them being Dassault Falcon 7Xes.
8. It Is a Tri-Jet
Since it is based on the Dassault Falcon 7X, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that the Dassault Falcon 8X is one of the rare tri-jets as well, meaning that it is an airplane with not one, not two, but three jet engines. This provides it with considerable speed as well as some other advantages such as a more stable approach speed and the ability to take off on shorter runways.
9. Can Make Short Hops
One of the ways that the Dassault Falcon 8X has been designed to increase convenience for its user is how it can make a short hop before a longer flight without the need for refueling beforehand. This is possible because it can land with no issues whatsoever even when it is at 85 percent of its maximum takeoff weight.
10. Greater Fuel Efficiency
On a final note, one of the neat things about the optimization of the Dassault Falcon 8X's engines is how that means greater fuel efficiency than otherwise possible. In part, this is useful because of environmental consciousness. However, the fuel savings might be more important for a lot of companies out there.
Written by Garrett Parker
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