The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued today its type certification for Dassault Aviation’s new business jet, the Falcon 7X, in a hand-over ceremony in Bordeaux – Mérignac, France.
The Falcon 7X is the first fly-by-wire business jet, also equipped with an "EASy" flight deck and advanced integrated avionics. The three-engine Falcon 7X is certified to carry up to 19 passengers at 0.9 Mach.
"An important task of the Agency is to promote innovation in civil aviation, in order to make it even safer and more environmentally friendly", said Patrick Goudou, Executive Director of EASA. "The certification of the Falcon 7X is an important project for the Agency also in this respect".
The certification process for the Falcon 7X began in 2002 within the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and was taken over by the Agency in 2006. A team of 33 certification specialists headed by the Agency have scrutinised the aircraft’s design to ensure that it complies with European safety and environmental standards.
The EASA “Type Certificate” is valid throughout the European Union, as well as in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, where the Falcon 7X can now be legally registered and operated. At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its “validation” of the EASA certification for the US market.
Note to editors:
The European Aviation Safety Agency was set up by the EU in 2003. Its mission is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs some 300 experts and administrators from all over Europe. This is expected to increase to 500 by 2010.
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