Dassault’s Falcon 8X recently set a new US coast-to-coast speed record, flying from Santa Monica’s notoriously short 3,500ft runway to Teterboro, New Jersey.

The flight took 4 hours and 28 minutes with overall poor tailwinds, averaging just five knots, over the trip.

The mission, with four passengers and 200lb payload, beat a previous speed record by 24 minutes which was set when Santa Monica’s runway measured 5,000ft. Santa Monica represents a specific challenge because of the runway length and a strict noise abatement departure procedure.

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Dassault’s Falcon 8X took off from Santa Monica on the US west coast where the short runway and strict noise abatement rules affect jet traffic. Top: Dassault pilots Ryan Duveneck (right) and Franco Nese broke the Santa Monica-to-Teterboro record

The 8X needed less than 2,000ft of runway upon landing and a balanced field length only of 3,200ft hen it departed at 8:08am local time. The departure procedure and climb-out measured significantly below the 95 dBA SEL sound limit. The 8X landed in Teterboro at 3:36pm local time.

The record is pending official ratification by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in Washington, DC.

The new speed record follows a series of records set in 2018, including a challenging mission from London City that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Beverly, Massachusetts, an immediate suburb of Boston, in 6 hours and 44 minutes. London City’s stringent noise rules, short runway and steep glide scope limit the airport to very few aircraft types. All production Falcon aircraft are certified to operate at London City.

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