A Dassault Falcon 8X is expected to have set a new
coast-to-coast speed record, flying from Santa Monica’s
notoriously short 3,500 foot runway to Teterboro, New Jersey.
The flight took just 4 hours and 28 minutes with
overall poor tailwinds, averaging just five knots, over the trip.
The record is pending official ratification by
the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in Washington, DC.
“Business aviation is about flying precisely
where you need to be. This Falcon 8X flight embodies
everything that advanced design can accomplish: unparalleled
airport performance, a quiet noise footprint and extended
capability, all in a large cabin business jet,” said Eric Trappier,
Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “This is not possible in
any other business jet in the ultra-long range class.”
The mission, with four passengers and 200 pounds of payload,
beat a previous speed record by 24 minutes which was set when
Santa Monica’s runway measured 5,000 feet. Santa Monica represents
a specific challenge because of the 3,500 foot runway length and a
strict noise abatement departure procedure. The airplane needed
less than 2,000 feet of runway upon landing and a balanced field
length only of 3,200 feet when it departed at 08:08 local
time. The departure procedure and climb-out also measured
significantly below the 95 dBA SEL sound limit. The 8X landed in
Teterboro at 15:36 local time.