Dassault Clarifies Super-midsize Falcon Thrust

 - July 19, 2007, 12:32 PM

Dassault senior v-p for civil aircraft Olivier Villa has clarified that the unusually high thrust (two 10,000-pound engines) on the still-under-wraps super-midsize Falcon will be put to work for maximizing climb and cruise performance. There has been speculation about why the manufacturer asked Rolls-Royce to supply turbofans with significantly more thrust than the 7,000 pounds common in this market segment. “Do not forget that engine makers talk about takeoff thrust, which is not what we are interested in,” Villa told AIN this week. A design driver, he emphasized, is thrust at top of climb. “Business-jet operators fly at high altitudes and want speed as soon as the cruise segment begins,” he explained. Last month at the Paris Air Show, Dassault announced its choice of the Rolls-Royce RB.282-31 over contenders offered by Snecma, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and General Electric.