Dassault prepares to test flight 3 Falcon 6Xs

Dassault has announced three Dassault Falcon 6X are taking shape at the final assembly facility in France, the company said.

Aircraft number one has been powered up and is now in ground testing, while the second aircraft recently had its wings mated to the fuselage and the third aircraft has entered final assembly.

The program is on track to achieve first flight early in 2021. Pratt & Whitney is ramping up production of the 6X´s PW812D engines and nacelles, with the first podded engines delivered last week to Dassault.

The first flight-test 6X is now in ground testing. Aircraft numbers two and three are in advanced stages of assembly, and long-cycle parts production for serialized production has already begun. The second aircraft recently had its wings mated to the fuselage and the third aircraft is in the early stages of final assembly.

Aircraft number three will also be outfitted with a full interior to evaluate systems functionality, acoustics, airflow, comfort, and other factors. Interior furnishings, environmental systems, electronics, and other equipment are currently being tested in a ground test rig before installation on the aircraft.

Electric, hydraulic, and fuel system tests have been completed, and testing of the Falcon 6X´s advanced digital flight control system have begun. Ground fatigue and damage tolerance testing are also underway.

Falcon 6X certification and entry into service are still planned for 2022, Dassault´s original timetable. The company said its flight test team is currently coordinating with EASA and the FAA to finalize the flight test and validation program.