Welcome to 2021’s first installment of “Aircraft of the Month”!
We have chosen one special aircraft to kick-start the new year: The Falcon 6x!
In the challenging times of Covid-19, Dassault’s final assembly team in Bordeaux-Merignac, France revealed to the world, virtually of course, the company’s newest and most advanced addition to the Falcon range, the Falcon 6x: A long-range ultra wide-body-segment aircraft with outstanding specs!
In addition to maximizing performance, modern plane makers are making tremendous efforts to maximize the level of passenger comfort aboard their aircrafts. The cabin needs to be lighted enough, spacious enough, quite enough, entertaining enough, and passengers need to arrive at their desired destinations refreshed enough (Jetlag… yikes!). The Falcon 6x easily ticks all the boxes with flying colors!
The Falcon 6x’s flowy, unique and comfortable cabin (12.3 m long, 2.58 m wide, 1.98 m high and 4.4 m3 of baggage volume), with the largest cabin cross-section of any purpose-built jet, earned it the International Yacht and Aviation Award for interior design back in September, 2020. The exceptionally large cabin space can easily accommodate up to 16 passengers, with individual seating in 3 separate lounge areas. Multiple cabin configurations are available to suit the business and leisure needs of each customer.
In addition, the cabin features 30 extra-large windows and an industry-first skylight to allow natural light entry, and provide exquisite aerial views. The cabin is pressurized at a very comfortable 1.189 m when cruising at an altitude of 12’497 m to guarantee acoustic comfort, and that passengers arrive well refreshed at their destinations. The cabin air is also continuously refreshed to provide a “clean environment”!
The Falcon 6x’s cabin is equipped with a high speed connectivity system ensuring seamless in-flight communications and high speed access to the internet, allowing high definition audio and video streaming aboard the aircraft, and giving passengers total command of cabin functions through the mobile app of cabin interface.
The Falcon 6x offers the longest range in its class (up to 5’500 nm at Mach 0.8, up to 5’100 nm at Mach 0.85) with maximum mission flexibility and economic efficiency, connecting an impressive list of city pairs. The short-field takeoff and landing capability typical of the Falcon line allow more airport options closer to passengers’ final destinations.
The Falcon 6x is equipped with an ultra-efficient wing with advanced structural architecture and curved trailing edge. The increased buffet margin and increased lift/drag serve to reduce the effect of turbulence. The Falcon 6x twinjet is also equipped with two powerful Pratt and Whitney PW812D engines, providing 5’897- 6’350 kg of thrust.
The Falcon 6x’s cockpit avionics package included third-generation EASy III system, powered by Honeywell’s Primus Epic platform. The spacious cockpit with large windows and increased headroom provides improved pilot control under all flight conditions, and improved situational awareness. The next-generation Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) provides improved maneuverability and aircraft protection on primary and secondary flight controls. Taking situational awareness to a whole new level, the Falcon 6x is equipped with FalconEye combined vision system (CVS), the first Head Up Display (HUD) to blend synthetic database-driven terrain imaging and actual thermal and lowlight camera images in one single view!
Most certainly, the Falcon 6x reflects the ultimate evolution of the French aerospace company’s aircraft heritage: An exceptionally spacious and versatile aircraft with maximum mission flexibility for its class, advanced avionics, and excellent performance. Flight tests for the Falcon 6x are expected to start early this year. The aircraft is projected to enter service in 2022.
For more information on the Falcon 6x, click here!
Until next week, peeps!