Dassault’s Falcon 8X recently set a new coast-to-coast speed record, flying from Santa Monica’s notoriously short 3,500 foot runway to Teterboro, New Jersey. The flight took just 4 hours and 28 minutes with overall poor tailwinds, averaging just five knots, over the trip. The mission, with four passengers and 200 pounds of payload, beat a previous speed record by 24 minutes which was set when Santa Monica’s runway measured 5,000 feet.
Santa Monica represents a specific challenge because of the 3,500 foot runway length and a strict noise abatement departure procedure. The airplane needed less than 2,000 feet of runway upon landing and a balanced field length only of 3,200 feet when it departed at 8:08 a.m. local time. The 8X landed in Teterboro at 3:36 p.m. local time.