Dassault Gives Inside View Into Falcon 6X Testing Process

Flying to Norway to assess performance in icy conditions is all in a day’s work for the airframer’s pilots.

Dassault chief test pilot Philippe Duchateau started flying in the French air force and now his job is to ensure that new Falcon business jets are safe and deliver the performance promised to customers. He told BJT about his current mission to complete flight testing needed to certify the new Falcon 6X twinjet and how this has involved flying through icing conditions over Norway and maneuvering the 6X into high-speed dives to test its limits.

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