Dassault says Falcon 7x is now back in the air


French jet manufacturer Dassault Aviation has put back in the air its Falcon 7x after having grounded the aircraft following an in-flight technical incident, its chief executive said on Friday.

The first Falcon 7x has resumed flight and the entire fleet will be put back in the air over the next three weeks, Charles Edelstenne told a press conference before the opening of the Paris airshow.

Falcons were banned from flying from May 27 after the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a directive citing safety concerns.
“A Falcon 7X experienced an uncontrolled pitch trim runaway during descent,” the EASA said. “This condition, if occurring again, could lead to loss of control of the aeroplane.”

EASA said Dassault had proposed that the safety agency prohibit flights of the Falcon 7X from May 27.
“We took this decision as a precaution because our first priority is the total safety of our aircraft and their passengers,” a spokesman for Dassault said.

The Falcon 7X was introduced in 2007 and is designed to fly 5,950 nautical miles with at least eight passengers. There are 112 of the aircraft in service.
“This airworthiness directive is considered to be an interim measure pending the outcome of the investigation currently carried out by the manufacturer,” EASA said.