The Belgian Air Force (officially Belgian Air Component) welcomed a Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X aircraft into its fleet on April 28.
The aircraft will add new transatlantic capacity in the Belgian Air Force’s transport fleet. Like the Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft, the Falcon 7X will be operated from the Melsbroek Air Base.
After several months of intensive training and the first sessions on board the flight simulator, the first four pilots of 15 Air Transport Wing could board the new Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X on Wednesday, April 29. During the Base Training instruction phase, pilots will perform touch and go procedures (landing then take off without stopping) at various locations such as Kleine-Brogel and Beauvechain.
This basic training makes it possible to begin the next stage of the exploitation phase of this new transatlantic capacity.
The Dassault Falcon 7X is a large-cabin business jet developed and manufactured by France’s Dassault Aviation. The aircraft has a range of 5,950 nautical miles (11,020 km) and is the second largest of its Dassault Falcon line.
Launched at 2001 Paris Air Show, its first flight was on 5 May 2005 and it entered service on 15 June 2007.
The Falcon 8X is derived from the 7X with a longer range of 6,450 nautical miles (11,950 km) afforded by engine optimizing, aerodynamic refinements and an increase in fuel capacity. Featuring an S-duct central engine, it and the Falcon 900 are the only two trijets in production.