Verdict on Smaller Falcon ‘Early Next Year’
Dassault will decide by early next year whether to launch a smaller Falcon, chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said shortly before the Paris Air Show last month. Production of the small, sleek Falcon 10 ended in 1983. The apparently twin-engine jet Dassault is now considering would be priced at less than $20 million and would be about the size of the Falcon 50 trijet but have less range. Edelstenne first disclosed at the 2002 NBAA Convention that he had asked his engineers and marketers to “reopen the question” of developing a smaller jet. Meanwhile, the OEM confirmed that certification is expected next summer of a CMC enhanced-vision system for the Falcon 900 and 2000 initially.