Dassault Aviation unveils its Aircelle-equipped Falcon 8X business jet
December 19, 2014
The world's latest business jet to be equipped with Aircelle nacelle components made its official debut this week as Dassault Aviation unveiled the ultra long-range Falcon 8X – the manufacturer's new flagship and latest addition to its growing Falcon business jet family.
This three-engine aircraft is a derivative of Dassault Aviation's Falcon 7X, for which Aircelle also is a nacelle component supplier.
On both business jets, Aircelle manufactures the thrust reverser for the central engine, along with this powerplant's fan cowl and an inlet coupling ring in the S-shaped air duct that brings airflow from the above-fuselage inlet to the rear-mounted engine.
In addition, Aircelle produces the fixed exhaust section (known as the inert afterbody) for the side-fuselage-mounted left and right engines. The air inlets and fan cowls on the nacelles of these two engines are the responsibility of Italy's Alenia-Macchi as part of the Aircelle-Alenia-Macchi joint venture.
Integration of the various nacelle components for the Falcon 8X and 7X – including the podding, engine build-up (EBU) and painting – is handled at Aircelle's Colomiers, France facility, located adjacent to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
The Falcon 8X is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, which are enhanced, higher-thrust versions of the PW307A turbofans on the Falcon 7X.
Dassault Aviation has completed ground tests and initial engine run-up for the no. 1 Falcon 8X, which was formally presented yesterday to an audience of customers, operators, industrial partners and certification authority representatives, who gathered at Dassault's Bordeaux-Merignac facility in southwest France. The aircraft's maiden flight is targeted for the first quarter of 2015.