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Single-engine version of Falcon 7X is remote-controlled

 - May 19, 2008, 3:22 AM

Remote-controlled model specialist Aviation Design has started offering 1/7th model kits of the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet and expects many of the customers to be pilots of full-size aircraft. EBACE Convention News was able to see the E10,000 ($15,500) model flying at Lausanne airport, on the north side of Lake Geneva, on Sunday. The replica was built by Francis Laurens, a 59-year-old retiree from Dassault’s flight test center in Istres, France, and Aviation Design CEO Eric Rantet. Dassault was highly supportive, even allowing the two enthusiasts to use Catia software in the design. The model first flew in June 2005, a few weeks after its larger sibling, the real 7X. The model needed a certification for flying in public meetings because it is heavier than 55 pounds. The French civil aviation authority has certified the aircraft-pilot pair and the authorization is renewable every year. Watch the Falcon fly at AINtv.com.