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Falcon 6X pushed to its limits in -35 degree temperatures during cold soak trials

The Dassault Falcon 6X has successfully completed cold weather testing, passing a major milestone towards its certification later this year.The test team endured bone-chilling temperatures as low as -35° F during the trial runs at the end of February in Iqaluit, a tundra town in the far north of Canada. Overall, the 6X endured a total of 50 hours of Arctic cold tests during testing, and has now accumulated roughly 650 flight hours and completed over 220 flights."The Falcon 6X continues to impress us with its performance and reliability as we move through the certification process," said Carlos Brana, Dassault Aviation's Executive Vice President of Civil Aircraft. Despite extreme temperatures, Brana said the aircraft operated flawlessly, including its engines, systems, and low-temperature maintainability requirements.RELATED: First production Falcon 6X lands at Dassault Completion CenterDuring the arctic ground test, the aircraft was cold soaked for three consecutive nights and subjected to different start sequences each morning. The test team then powered up the aircraft and performed engine ground runs and high-speed taxi tests.Ground tests were followed by a test flight during which anti-icing systems and handling capabilities were checked. The stability of the fuel and the hydraulic fluid temperatures were also verified while the Falcon 6X remained in a holding pattern at 10,000 feet.A special treat for the Dassault test team, they encounter beautiful views of the aurora borealis over Canada while en route to Iqaluit.
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