Best known for their work in combat and private business aircraft, international French aerospace manufacturer Dassault Aviation SA is an aviation behemoth. With its Falcon 8x, the global aeronautics player represents a profound shift in the way governments and the affluent consume elite air travel.
From the canard-delta wing Rafale fighter to IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) space vehicle, Dassault has been a stalwart in global aerospace since the early twentieth century. Now, Dassault goes stealth mode with its ultra-long-range business jet offerings. The Falcon 8X, the brand’s new flagship, is revolutionizing ultra-long-range private aviation. For example, it can fly nonstop from New York to Dubai, Dubai to Adelaide, and Jeddah to São Paulo. The 8X also has a travel range of 6,450 nautical miles (7,422.5 miles).
Falcon 8X, Cabin. Photo: Dassault Aviation
The longest in the Falcon family, and 30 original design layouts for maximum cabin comfort at 42.67 ft. There is also a three 6,722-pound PW3070D engine system shortens transoceanic travel, allowing takeoff from shorter runways, and reduces current emission standards by 30 percent.
Dassault Falcon 8X, Flight Deck. Photo: Dassault Aviation
The pièce de résistance: a flight deck outfitted with the world’s most advanced military technology. The FalconEye Combined Vision System is the first Head-up Display (HUD) to combine unprecedented database-driven terrain mapping, thermal, and low-light images into a single view.
Falcon Eye also boasts a revolutionary fourth-generation multi-sensor camera that generates very high definition images. In synthetic vision system (SVS) mode, the camera displays a 40° horizontal by 30° vertical field of view with a 1280×1024 resolution. It also boasts one of the widest angles on any HUD, ensuring full coverage of the viewing area with no tunnel vision effects.
“Operators, Gilles Gauthier,” Vice President, Falcon Sales for Dassault Aviation says, “value the performance, flexibility, robustness and innovative features of our large-cabin models, which draw heavily on advanced technologies inherited from Dassault’s fighter programs.”
In a similar fashion, the much-vaunted Falcon 6X ultra widebody twinjet links Dubai to any destination in Europe, Africa, or Asia. More than any other purpose-built business aircraft, the 6X offers 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) of headroom and a width of 8 ft 6 in (2.58 m). She also accommodates twelve to sixteen passengers (in three separate lounge areas) and offers several layout configurations: a large entryway, crew rest area, and spacious rear lounge for greater privacy.
Dassault Falcon 8X, Sleep Cabin. Photo: Dassault Aviation
The 6X features a string of innovative design features, most notably an ultra-efficient, next-generation wing, and a Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) that commands flight control surfaces, including slats and flaps, reduces pilot workload and increases performance and safety.
The DFCS features a remarkably novel “flaperon” device that enhances lift and roll control, especially during approaches with a steep descent profile. So, for High-Net-Worth (HNW) and Ultra-High-Net-Worth (UHNW) jet buyers thinking about first-class comfort, design, and privacy, $47 million for the 6X (and $58million for the Falcon 8X), is a small price to pay.