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Rockwell Collins said this today...
Falcon 7X sets transatlantic speed record
The Falcon 7X, serial number 207, took off from Teterboro Airport at 8:04 AM local time on May 2 with test pilot Philippe Deleume and Dassault operational pilot Olivier Froment at the controls. Three passengers were on board. The aircraft was fully equipped for normal operation with HUD, EVS and FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system.
Five hours and 54 minutes later, at 6:58 PM local time, it touched down on the short 4.000 ft (1.219 m) runway at London City Airport.
For most of the 3.465 nm (6.452 km) trip, the 7X cruised at Mach 0,88. Both passengers and pilots reported a comfortable flight – testimony to the precision and smoothness of the 7X’s aerodynamic design and digital flight controls.
The record has been sent to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland for recognition as an official world record.
The remarkable efficiency of the 7X was underscored during the outbound flight from London City to Teterboro on April 30. The plane departed runway 27 with four passengers on board and, because of the airport's short runway, carried a fuel load of 19.700 lbs (8.936 kg) - 62% of the 7X's 31.940 lb (14.490 kg) fuel capacity. It reached Teterboro in 7 hours 35 min, flying at its optimum long-range speed setting of Mach 0,80. Landing was accomplished in IFR conditions with 2.600 lbs (1.180 kg) of fuel remaining, more than sufficient to meet IFR reserves requirements.
With its three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A (6.405 lb.s.t. / 28,49 kN) power plant and ultra-efficient aerodynamic design, the 7X can fly 5.950 nm (11.020 km) non-stop at Mach 0,80. But over shorter distances, it can cruise at speeds up to its maximum operating limit of Mach 0,90.
Moreover, the 7X can fly into and out of airfields like London City, La Mole/St. Tropez, France and Saanen, Switzerland that are typically inaccessible to large cabin business jets. The 7X provides the longest range of any business jet out of London City, allowing it to easily serve destinations as distant as New York or Dubai.
In the picture showing Falcon 7X landing at London City Airport (the first and the second picture), in the background, The O2 arena is visible. Behind it is West India Docks, a place where some very beautiful yachts were seen during the Summer Olympics held in London in 2012 (the last picture)…
Dassault Falcon 7X Sets Speed Record From Teterboro To London City Airport video:
Dassault Announces Ultra Long Range Falcon 8X
Dassault Aviation launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra long range category. 8X is Dassault´s new flagship and a great complement to their product line.
The unveiling of the 19-seat tri-jet comes just seven months after the French airframer took the wraps of its all-new and widest cabin Falcon, the 5X. The 8X is a stretched version of the 7X which entered service seven years ago and the 250th example of which is in completion. With two new aircraft in development, the 5X and 8X, Dassault will now be able to offer a family of six jets designed to meet the widest possible range of operator needs at the upper end of the business jet spectrum. The 8X will be pitched against Gulfstream’s G550, G650 and Bombardier’s in-development Global 7000 and 8000.
With eight passengers and three crew, the Falcon 8X will be capable of flying 6.450 nm non-stop at M 0,80. Falcon 8X Typical City Pairs (8 pax, 3 crew, M 0,80, 85% Annual Winds, NBAA Reserves):
Beijing – Los Angeles, Shanghai – Seattle, Hong Kong – London, London – Cape Town, Mumbai – Sydney, Sao Paulo – Los Angeles, London – Sao Paulo, Moscow – Los Angeles, New York – Tel Aviv.
Like the Falcon 7X, the Falcon 8X will be capable of approaches up to 6 degrees, allowing it to serve challenging airports such as London City Airport; Aspen, Colorado; La Mole (Saint-Tropez), France; and Saanen (Gstaad), Switzerland that are normally not accessible to most large cabin aircraft. The Falcon 8X is expected to have a balanced field length of about 6.000 ft (1.829 m) and an approach speed of 106 kts (197 kph) at typical landing weight.
Combined with improvements to wing design, the new power plant will make the 8X up to 35% more fuel efficient than any other aircraft in the ultra-long range segment, affording a corresponding savings in operating costs. The Falcon 8X will be equipped with three PW307D engines delivering 6.722 lb.s.t. / 29,9 kN (each) – a 5% increase compared to the PW307A that powers the Falcon 7X. These engines will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption, community noise and NOx emissions and will be monitored by a new full authority digital engine control system.
Ultra-efficient wing, derived from the Falcon 7X structure, has been redesigned to minimize the overall aircraft drag during cruise while achieving a 600 lb weight saving. It will also feature optimized leading edge profile and winglets. These improvements are expected to increase significantly the lift to drag ratio.
8X will be equipped with a totally redesigned cockpit modeled after the Falcon 5X and will feature a new generation of the EASy flight deck equipped with a head-up display that combines synthetic and enhanced vision and offer a dual HUD capability.
The Falcon 8X cabin will be 6 ft 2 in (1,88 m) high and 7 ft 8 in (2,34 m) wide and 42 ft 8 in (13 m) long, enabling it to offer customers the most diverse selection of cabin layouts on the market. More than 30 configurations will be available. Three galley sizes, two with a crew-rest option, are available. Operators will have an extensive selection of passenger seating areas of varying lengths that can support different lavatory layouts, including a lavatory with shower. The 8X has the same cabin cross-section as the 7X, but is around 1,1m longer bringing the total cabin length to 13m. The 8X cabin also features up to 33 windows, depending on the configuration, compared with a maximum of 29 windows on the 7X.
Dassault has introduced a number of refinements and enhancements to the aircraft’s design including an extra fuel tank within the centre fuselage section, which enables the 8X to carry up to 15.800 kg (34.900 lb) fuel – compared with 14.500 kg carried by the 7X.
The Falcon 8X is already at an advanced stage of production with the first airframe expected to be assembled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac, France facility in the coming months. An extensive expansion project at Dassault’s Little Rock, Arkansas facility will break ground shortly, enabling it to accommodate completion of the new Falcon 8X and Falcon 5X models.
Priced at around $57 million, first flight is expected in early 2015 with certification in the middle of 2016 and initial deliveries before the end of the year.
Dassault Falcon is extending its FalconCare guaranteed maintenance cost service to cover in-service as well as new-build aircraft. In-service Falcon customers can enroll in the program during the first C check and utilize it anywhere in Dassault Falcon’s worldwide Authorized Service Center network.
FalconCare is designed to add full predictability and stability to the maintenance budgeting process by covering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and routine inspections for a guaranteed fixed price in accordance with the number of hours flown. More than 230 aircraft have been enrolled in FalconCare since its introduction in 2005.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced plans to provide additional onsite support for operators attending the month-long 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil, June 12-July 13. “With our company-owned service center in Sorocaba and a team of highly trained field service representatives in the area, we are well positioned to provide support for operators attending this popular global event,” said Jacques Chauvet, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Service. “However, to ensure we provide ‘above and beyond’ support, we’ve made further provisions, including increasing spares inventory and establishing a dedicated on-site team of field service representatives to spearhead 24/7 AOG support during the World Cup.” The field reps will be supported by the GoTeam at the Dassault Aircraft Services – Sorocaba facility, just 62 miles from São Paulo.
The Sorocaba service center is a part 145 repair station with both ANAC and FAA certifications. It came on line in 2009 and has expanded its capabilities significantly since. The center can perform line maintenance and airframe inspections on all Falcon models as well as engine maintenance on the CFE-738, Honeywell TFE731-series and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A and PW308C engines. It also houses a full service battery shop capable of repairing, replacing and charging main and emergency batteries on Falcon and other aircraft models.
“Planning for the world’s biggest sporting event was achieved in great part thanks to operator feedback through our– ‘Let Us Know Before You Go’ –program, accessible through the Falcon Customer Portal,” said Chauvet. “This program allows operators to advise us on planned aircraft movements helping us anticipate and ensure the provision of mission-critical support and parts." With a fleet of more than 50 Falcons, Brazil has become a leading market for Dassault business jets since the first Falcon was delivered in mid-1970s.
Photo that accompanied the above PR
When Dassault formally announced the Falcon 8X at the 2014 EBACE Show.
All you need to know about the new flagship Dassault Falcon 8X business jet.
First Dassault Falcon 8X progressing well in construction, main fabrication soon completed.
Dassault Aviation reported lower sales and operating profit due to weaker Falcon business jet deliveries and high R&D costs, but said it hoped to reach a deal to sell 126 Rafale combat jets to India as quickly as possible. The French plane maker said first-half operating income fell 40 percent to EUR€113 million on net sales which fell 17 percent to EUR€1.514 billion. Orders rose 32 percent to EUR€1.865 billion. It predicted 70 Falcon and 11 Rafale deliveries in 2014 and said net sales should be lower than in 2013.
You can check out a video on the progress of the first Dassault Falcon 5x
Spray chrome a Dassault Falcon 5x model...amazing!
Dassault Falcon breaks ground on expansion in Little Rock dedicated to the new 5X and 8X production.
The Dassault Falcon 7x is soon to become the first business jet to be able to operate from Daocheng Yading, also known as the world's highest commercial airport at over nearly 14,500 ft.
Dassault Falcon Jet Little Rock Receives Pollution Prevention Award
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock facility has been presented with a nationally recognized award for its commitment and achievements in pollution prevention. The award was presented in Washington, D.C. by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest organization in the United States devoted solely to pollution prevention. Past recipients have included well-known corporations such as Owens Corning, Toyota and IBM. “We are very proud that our efforts to reduce pollution, while simultaneously increasing efficiency and production capacity, have been recognized with this prestigious award,” said Antoine Ajarrista, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Little Rock Completion Center. “The solutions that led to this award were in some cases the result of employee ideas at the grass roots level. These efforts emphasize our twenty year history of environmental leadership in Arkansas.”
Pollution prevention efforts at Little Rock - Dassault’s largest facility worldwide - began with nine specific, short term projects that resulted in significant, demonstrable reductions in air pollutants, hazardous waste and water usage. It also included the implementation of a multi-faceted energy efficiency program and development of internal controls for the minimization and control of regulated chemicals.
Specific examples of reduction in hazardous waste included the transition to reusable ballast material, the virtual elimination of lead use and the switch to environmentally friendly anti-corrosion coating agent. These measures eliminated the recurring annual requirement for 60-80,000 pounds of lead resulting in $50,000 in annual cost savings and cut yearly consumption of chrome and cyanide-based anti-corrosion compounds by 12,000 gallons. Dassault broke ground at the Little Rock facility in early September on an expansion that will add 250,000 sq. ft. of new production and completion space, bringing the total facility footprint to 1.25 million square feet.
A Dassault Falcon 50 carrying the CEO of French oil company Total crashed into a snowplow on a Moscow runway as the airplane accelerated for takeoff late Monday night, killing the executive, 63-year-old Christophe de Margerie, along with the two pilots and a flight attendant. The crash happened at Vnukovo International Airport a few minutes before midnight in low visibility, airport officials said. Russian prosecutors said the snowplow driver was intoxicated.
As the Dassault Falcon 8x completes ground testing, the 5x starts ground testing.
Dassault Falcon has delivered their 100th Falcon business jet equipped with FalconBroadcast onboard. An article on that should be loaded in the news section soon about that.
A look at the making of the Dassault Falcon 8X
Dassault Falcon Jet today announced the promotion of Rodrigo Pesoa to the position of senior director of sales for Latin America. In his new role, Pesoa will direct a regional team responsible for overseeing the development of new business in South America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He was previously Sales Director for South America.