LABACE Convention News

Falcon 8X and 2000LXS Fly into LABACE

 - August 3, 2022, 4:52 PM
The Falcon 8X can carry eight passengers and three crew 6,450 nm. (Photo: Antonio Carlos Carriero/AIN)

Dassault Aviation is the manufacturer of some of the largest business jets on display at the 17th edition of LABACE. The French company’s exhibit at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo will include a three-engine Falcon 8X and twin-engine Falcon 2000LXS.

More than 550 of the Falcon 2000LXS have been delivered since the jet entered service in 1995. Capable of carrying six passengers 4,000 nm at Mach .80, the 2000LXS’s cabin measures 7 foot 8 inches wide and 6 feet 2 inches tall. Maximum operating speed is Mach .85, and it can take off at sea level at maximum takeoff weight (42,800 pounds) in 4,675 feet.

The Mach .90 Falcon 8X offers nearly 20 feet more cabin length with the same width and height. With a maximum takeoff weight of 73,000 pounds, the 8X has a takeoff length of 5,880 feet and can carry eight passengers and three crew 6,450 nm.

Dassault’s FalconEye head-up display (HUD) is now approved for installation at both pilot stations in the Falcon 8X. Approved by both the FAA and EASA, FalconEye is the first HUD certified with combined vision, which places synthetic vision and infrared and low-light camera imagery on the HUD at the same time. The dual HUD will be an option on the 8X and 6X.

In July, Dassault took the first production 6X, serial number 004, with a full interior, on a six-week tour to test all systems, cabin equipment, and real-world performance. The 6X flew to 40 destinations and logged more than 150 flight hours in preparation for entry into service in mid-2023. The 6X is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW812D turbofans.

Avionics on the 6X are the new EASy IV flight deck, based on Honeywell’s Epic platform, and this will be standard on the 8X and retrofittable to already-delivered 8Xs and also the 7X. Key features include improved graphical navigation, 2D and 3D airport maps, ADS-B In airborne and ground traffic, SiriusXM satellite weather overlaid on the Inav moving-map display, and runway overrun awareness and alerting system.

The 7X retrofit of EASy IV includes these features plus the NG FMS, graphical controller-pilot datalink communications, autothrottle with one-engine inoperative, RNP-AR (authorization required) approach capability, and Honeywell’s RDR-7000 3D radar.

Further out in the flight test and certification plan is the 10X, which will be Dassault’s largest and longest-range jet when it enters service in late 2025. With a 9-foot, 1-inch-wide cabin, the 10X will fly up to 7,500 nm. Wind tunnel tests of the design are done, and Dassault technicians have started to produce parts that will make up the first fuselage. Engines are Rolls-Royce's Pearl 10X, and they will power the 10X to its maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925.