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August 2006 edition

Dassault reports testing first

The Falcon 7X has completed 16 months of static and fatigue testing at CEAT in Toulouse, France.

Charles Edelstenne, chairman of Dassault Aviation, says both the static and fatigue

testing were accomplished using just one test article marking a first for Dassault civil

aircraft. The Falcon 7X was subjected to twice the design life of the airframe or 40,000 simulated cycles.

Edelstenne adds: “The test article reached 150 per cent of design limit load on the wings, cabin and fuel tank as specified by the FAA and EASA. The aircraft wings bent 8 ft. 2 in. (2.50 meters) as measured at the wing tips at 150 per cent design limit load.

To date, 20 wing sets have been fully assembled with over 40 airframes in various stages of production.”

During the entire test program, CEAT used the same ji....

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