New aircraft embodies advances in design, flight control technology and
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Dassault Aviation today unveiled its
biggest and most advanced Falcon jet. The Falcon 5X is a new-generation
business jet with new a flight control system, new aerodynamics and
other advanced technologies, many pioneered in Dassault's military
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"The Falcon 5X is the new benchmark for the creative use of advanced
technology in business aviation," said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO
of Dassault Aviation. "Using design and manufacturing software and
systems pioneered by Dassault, we have been able to build a larger,
more comfortable and more capable aircraft that is also more
environmentally friendly and much more economical to operate compared
to other airplanes in its class."
"The Falcon 5X represents our biggest investment since the beginning of
the Falcon programs," said Trappier. "It demonstrates our commitment to
maintaining the technology leadership that we have displayed in this
market since our first business jet flew fifty years ago."
Unveiled in Las Vegas at the National Business Aviation Association's
annual convention, the company hailed the Falcon 5X as an industry
breakthrough, offering the largest cabin cross section of any
purpose-built business jet and fuel efficiency as much as 50 percent
better than competing aircraft.
The Falcon 5X represents an important addition to the Falcon product
line, expanding its offering in the large-cabin segment. The new jet
has a cabin height of six feet, six inches (1.98 m), an important
consideration for passenger comfort on flights of 10 or 11 hours'
duration. The 16-passenger aircraft has a range of 5,200 nautical miles
(9,630 km), connecting Los Angeles with London, Sao Paulo with Chicago,
Johannesburg with Geneva or Paris with Beijing.
Functionality and modern style blend in the cabin. The company conducted
extensive research into new cabin technology and styling techniques
that will greatly enhance passengers' sense of spaciousness and
The new aircraft's digital flight control system represents a major
advance in making aircraft control more precise, easier and safer. The
system integrates all moving control surfaces for the first time,
including an additional control surface called a 'flaperon', that
allows steep approaches at slow and safe speeds. It also integrates
nose wheel steering for safer runway handling in strong crosswind
conditions and on wet or slick runways. Dassault Aviation is a leader
in digital flight control technology having pioneered it on fighters
four decades ago and having introduced the first business jet with
digital flight controls, the Falcon 7X, in 2007.
Honeywell will provide the 5X with a new generation of the Falcon
series' EASy all-digital cockpit, as well as its most advanced radar,
capable of detecting turbulence at greater distances than current
The cockpit will feature the industry's most advanced "head-up display"
technology, provided by Elbit Systems. The new HUD will combine
"enhanced vision" and "synthetic vision" for unsurpassed situational
awareness, even in total darkness, fog or dense haze. Enhanced vision
uses infrared sensors to display terrain in darkness and reduced
visibility. Synthetic vision uses a global terrain database for the
same purpose. In the 5X, they will be combined for the first time on
the head-up display providing a high fidelity view of the outside world
even when actual visibility is zero.
The aircraft will be powered by new-generation Silvercrest engines from
Safran Snecma, the French-based engine maker and 50-percent partner
with General Electric in CFM, which builds the world's best selling jet
engine, the CFM56.
"The Silvercrest engine is 15 percent more fuel efficient than other
engines in its power class; Emissions are dramatically lower than
current standards, and the engine is remarkably quiet," said Trappier.
Dassault Aviation and Snecma worked closely to marry the aircraft and
the engine for optimum efficiency and performance. The companies have a
long history of close collaboration, Trappier noted. Snecma provides
the M88 engines for the supersonic Rafale fighter.
Both aircraft and engines will have the industry's most advanced
real-time self-diagnosis onboard maintenance system. These computerized
monitoring systems report service issues immediately to ground-based
service hubs, so maintenance teams can begin to respond while the
aircraft is still in the air. Snecma's ForeVision™ health monitoring
system, which equips the Silvercrest, can forecast when maintenance
will be required several flights or even hundreds of flight hours in
advance, making scheduling easier and ensuring availability of the
aircraft when it is needed.
Falcon 5X airframe structures are already in production at several
Dassault sites in France and at suppliers' plants. New, more automated
manufacturing technologies and streamlined production processes will
reduce parts count and aircraft weight, and speed the assembly process.
To be priced at about $45 million in 2013 dollars, the Falcon 5X is
expected to make its first flight in the first quarter of 2015 and to
achieve certification before the end of 2016.
Note for the Editors
Dassault Falcon is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are
designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault
Falcon Jet Corp.
About Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over
80 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet
as well as the complete line of Falcon. The company employs a workforce
of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France
and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since
the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,250 Falcon jets have
been delivered. The family of Falcon jets currently in production
includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900LX and the 7X-as well as the
twin-engine 2000LXS and Falcon 2000S.
About Dassault Falcon Jet
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault
Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon
family of business jets throughout North America, South America and the
Pacific Rim countries of Asia, including the People's Republic of
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For further information:
Dassault Aviation (Saint-Cloud, France)
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Marie-Alexandrine Fouillard Tel. +33-1-47-11-64-23
Dassault Falcon Jet (Teterboro Airport, USA)
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