Dassault Readies To Begin Falcon 8X Ground Tests
Dassault Aviation announced today that it has joined the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, wings and fuselage of the first Falcon 8X, paving the way for initial power-on and the start of ground tests. First electrical power-on is expected at the end of this month, in line with the production and test schedule. Dassault expects to fly the 8X trijet early next year, with certification slated for mid-2016 and initial deliveries anticipated by the end of 2016.
The first 8X fuselage was built at Dassault Aviation’s facility in Biarritz, France, and arrived at the company’s main assembly plant in Mérignac in May. Last month the 8X wing arrived from Martignas and was mated to the fuselage and empennage. The 8X’s airfoil features Dassault’s proprietary “piano junction” design, “which gives Falcons advantages in aerodynamic efficiency, robustness and ease of maintenance and reparability,” according to the company.
Dassult’s Falcon 5X is also expected to be ready for ground tests in the coming months. The fuselage for the first aircraft arrived in Mérignac last month and will be mated to the empennage by month’s end. The 5X twinjet is scheduled to fly in the first half of next year and enter service in 2017.