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2019 Milestones Ahead Three development milestones remain on this year’s agenda, together bringing the aircraft to the cusp of assembly: a pair of test series will validate the non-flight, and flight control systems, respectively; then a Flight Test Bed (FTB) campaign, a follow-on to last summer’s successful FTB missions using a demonstration version of the in-development PW812D turbofan, which will debut on the twinjet 6X. Completion of the accessory gear box, starter and vanes created for the new engine, along with final parts for the nacelle — a development highlight in its own right — is anticipated by the end of September.


“Every engine and nacelle combination has unique characteristics,” Brana says, noting that nacelle choice is particularly critical today from an engineering and design perspective. Dassault is practiced at the selection process, having previously developed its own proprietary engine nacelles, as well as contracted with their engine OEMs to provide them. For the 6X, “We decided to do something we’ve never done, and have a separate contract for nacelles to take advantage of specialization,” he says.


Dassault tapped Collins Aerospace for the nacelle’s design, integration and production. With its recent acquisition by UTC, Collins is now a sister company to P&WC, simplifying the arrangement, Brana explains. “[P&WC] will deliver engines at


the rate and on the dates we ask. Collins will install the nacelles and deliver the full engine to Dassault,” he says.


By this summer, Critical Design Reviews (CDR) will be complete. The supply chain is now moving, and manufacture of long cycle parts – spars, large wing panels, and forged metal components among them – has begun. So has assembly of airframe structures including the tail section, perhaps the most complex portion of the aircraft. Assembly of Aircraft #1 will commence early next year when the wings and fuselage will be ready for mating. Testing of the first aircraft comes in early 2021.


Improvements Beyond Cabin Cross Section The Falcon 6X offers the highest and widest cross-section in any purpose-built business jet. The most headroom at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters), tall enough even for basketball legend Michael Jordan. A width of 8 feet 6 inches (2.58 meters), ample room for two people to comfortably pass each other in the expansive aisle. More than 40 feet in length. That’s room to work, in groups or individually (up to 16 passengers in three separate lounge areas). Room to entertain. Room to sleep on long flights of up to 5,500 nm/ 10,200 km, or about 12 hours.


All that space enables customers to configure their cabin plan in multiple ways including entryway options, a crew rest area, and


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