Dassault Falcon's 7X Speed Record

 The entire homepage of the Dassault Falcon website is dedicated to the Falcon 7X Trans-Atlantic Speed Record

The entire homepage of the Dassault Falcon website is dedicated to the Falcon 7X Trans-Atlantic Speed Record

Back in May, a Falcon 7X took off from Teterboro Airport, a 12-mile stone's throw away from Manhattan. Five hours and 54 minutes later, Dassault Falcon had posted a trans-Atlantic speed record with its large cabin business jet, landing at London City Airport.

The Falcon 7X, S/N 207, had an average speed of .88 Mach over the duration of the flight. In addition to two pilots - test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment, there were three passengers on board.

How fast it takes to get you somewhere is one of the key selling features of business jets, but together with speed comes fuel efficiency and the ability to take off and land at smaller airports. Dassault Falcon used that same 7X's outbound segment from London City Airport to Teterboro to prove its efficiency and flexibility:

"The plane departed runway 27 with four passengers on board and, because of the airport’s short runway, carried a fuel load of 19,700 lbs – two thirds of the 7X’s 31,940 lb fuel capacity. It reached Teterboro in 7 hours 35 min, flying at its optimum long-range speed setting of Mach 0.80. Landing was accomplished in IFR conditions with 2,600 lbs of fuel remaining, more than sufficient to meet IFR reserves requirements."

To get an idea of what it took for the 7X to make this speed record, take a look at their website. Their entire homepage is dedicated to the flight, with videos, music and transitions that merit a Super Bowl commercial.

http://www.dassaultfalcon.com