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Mon, 29 April 2019

Dassault Falcon 8X Targets Coast-to-Coast Speed Record

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. 

Luxurious seating onboard a Dassault Falcom 8X. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“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.

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