The Falcon 8X offers a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km) and features the longest cabin of any Falcon. Moreover, it offers the same low operating economics and the remarkable operating flexibility for which all Falcons are known. “The Falcon 8X will be our new flagship and a great complement to our product line,” says Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, Eric Trappier. “It builds on Dassault expertise in aerodynamics, in precision design and manufacturing, and in advanced digital flight controls. It embodies the best of Falcons that have come before with the most capability of any Falcon ever.”
With eight passengers and three crew, the Falcon 8X is powered by an improved version of the Pratt and Whitney Canada PW307 engine. These engines offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption, community noise and NOx emissions. Combined with improvements to wing design, the new power plant makes the 8X up to 35% more fuel efficient than any other aircraft in the ultra-long range segment, affording a corresponding savings in operating costs.
The Falcon 8X has a balanced field length of about 6,000 ft (1,829 m) and an approach speed of 106 kts (197 kph) at typical landing weight.
The cabin measures at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) high and 7 ft 8 in (2.34 m) wide and 42 ft 8 in (13 m) long, enabling it to offer customers the most diverse selection of cabin layouts on the market. More than 30 configurations are available with options such as three galley sizes, two with a crew-rest option, on offer. Operators have an extensive selection of passenger seating areas of varying lengths that can support different lavatory layouts, including a lavatory with shower. “The Falcon 8X will be the longest cabin of any Falcon. But, more importantly, it will feature the highest level of customization of any large cabin business jet on the market,” said Trappier.
The 8X has also been qualified with new equipment and service options that yet further expand its flight capabilities. These include:
- Dassault’s revolutionary FalconEye Combined Vision System, the first head-up display (HUD) system in business aviation to combine synthetic and enhanced vision capabilities in a single view. In addition to ensuring increased situational awareness in all conditions of operation, day and night, FalconEye will yield substantial operational improvements, including a 100-ft decision height. Almost all Falcon 8X customers have signed up to use the FalconEye HUD;
- Falcon Sphere II integrated electronic flight bag solutions. Delivered with a lightweight, ultra-thin, portable display and a vast array of new app functionalities, including Weight and Balance Module, Electronic Cruise Computation and Falcon Performance, Falcon Sphere II greatly reduces the time and effort necessary to prepare, manage and restitute business jet missions and moves operators even closer to the truly paperless cockpit;
- The new JetWave high-speed broadband antenna, which enables passengers to browse the internet, stream videos or videoconference anywhere in the world, over land or over water, as if they were in their office or at home, using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network;
The FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system gives you control over your environment from anywhere in the cabin, using your Apple® devices and can also track the flight’s progress. There’s even an app that lets you call up a virtual moving map of any area around you by simply pointing your iPad® in its direction. As an option, you can also get Skybox™, the wireless media server with vast iTunes video and music capacity.
With its 6,450 nm range the Falcon 8X is able to perform an extensive list of one-leg missions such as Beijing to New York, Hong Kong to Seattle, Paris to Singapore and Sao Paulo to Moscow. Steep approach angles and strong climb-out gradients are no problem for the Falcon 8X, nor are hot and high conditions —and it delivers superior range from both. From London City’s 3,934 foot (1,200 m) runway, it can fly nonstop to Dubai or New York. Furthermore, departing Eagle, Colorado, an elevation above 6,500 ft (1,980 m), it can effortlessly fly nonstop to Geneva, Switzerland.