Dassault Falcon recently invited AIN to take a special flight on a Falcon 8X from Santa Monica, California, to Teterboro, New Jersey. The reason for this flight was simple – to set a speed record.
The company wanted to do this because the runway at Santa Monica was recently shortened from 5,000 feet to 3,500 feet. It would show off the capabilities of the 8X – that it could be loaded up with enough fuel, four passengers, luggage, and still manage to take off from the short runway at Santa Monica before going on to fly across the country quickly.
Pilots Franco Nese and Ryan Duveneck were flying the airplane back home from China, and I caught up with them in Portland, Oregon. Way before the sun came up, we headed out to the airplane, the pilots started it up, and in no time, we were rolling and up in the air.
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