in Business Aviation

NBAA: Dassault unveils new Falcon in a class of its own

Posted 21 October 2013 · Add Comment

French manufacturer Dassault has today unveiled its biggest and most advanced Falcon jet after years of secrecy over the design.

Codenamed the SMS, the Falcon 5X was revealed to media and customers at special events at the NBAA business aviation show in Las Vegas.
This new-generation business jet will feature new a flight control system, new aerodynamics and other advanced technologies, many pioneered in Dassault’s military programs.
“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 5X is already being tagged as an industry breakthrough, with the specifications showing the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet and a fuel efficiency as much as 50 percent better than aircraft in similar target sectors
“The Falcon 5X represents our biggest investment since the beginning of the Falcon programs,” Trappier said. “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.”
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 comfort.
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 models.
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. “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.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Paris Airshow: International Airlines Group plans to buy 200 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

One of the world's largest airline groups announced yesterday it intends to build its future fleet with the Boeing 737 MAX with an intention to purchase 200 MAX jets.

Mekonnen's law

Tefera Mekonnen, the new secretary general of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), officially took up office on January 7. He shares his vision with Kaleyesus Bekele.

Paris Airshow: ASL Aviation and Boeing sign for Boeing Converted Freighters

ASL Aviation (ASL) and Boeing have signed an MoU for 20 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), bringing the world’s first Next-Generation 737-800 freighter conversion to 120 orders and commitments, from eight customers.

AFRAA supports the development of postal activities in Africa

At the 38th Ordinary Session of the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) Governing Council held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 17 June, the Association of African Airlines (AFRAA) joined other key continental stakeholders to support

Paris Airshow: Embraer launches Predictive Maintenance System, IKON

Embraer has announced the launch of IKON, a cloud system for capturing, storing and analysing high volume data for the predictive maintenance of the E-Jets family.

Paris Airshow: ATR announces 75 order commitments

ATR has announced a total of 75 order commitments, including 35 firm orders from NAC disclosed.

TAA SK0104311219
See us at
ACCA19_BT_3005091019