For years, Dassault’s marketing executives maintained the position that Falcon business jets flew perfectly well without the aerodynamic benefits of winglets. But then something strange happened. People started seeing winglet-equipped Falcons being test flown in the skies above Seattle, and rumors began swirling that Dassault might be about to change its stance on winglets.
Dassault Falcon 7X
Make no mistake, Dassault is having another record year. But a lengthy production backlog for the Falcon 7X is starting to put strains on capacity, particularly at the French manufacturer’s Little Rock, Ark. completion center. The site of a $20 million expansion project now under way, the center is adding much-needed paint hangars, engineering shops and storage space.
Dassault Falcon Service (Booth No. 1357) has spent much of this year preparing to provide support for the new Falcon 7X. The factory-owned service center at Paris Le Bourget Airport has already made a significant investment in training and tooling, and is expanding its facilities to accommodate the French airframer’s largest model.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s two-hour M&O session this afternoon will focus on the PW300 turbofan engine series and include an in-depth customer service update. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room B306 with an in-service update of the PW305, PW306 and PW308 engine models along with the newest PW300 family member, the PW307A for the Dassault Falcon 7X.
Like most of the major manufacturers, Dassault reports stepped-up sales demand from markets outside the U.S., particularly those in Western Europe and Russia. But Brazil and China could be the next hot spots, especially for large-cabin, long-range business jets as the economies in those countries continue to strengthen and attitudes change.
This year’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget provided an opportunity for me to see Dassault’s new Falcon 7X up close before I got my chance at the left seat, alongside Dassault 26-year veteran senior test pilot Yves (Bill) Kerherve, who has since retired from the company. A former French Navy fighter pilot, Kerherve flew the ultra-quiet 7X through a series of maneuvers for the crowd on the opening day of the show.
Rockwell Collins’s high-speed, digital backbone cabin management system has been certified for installation in Dassault’s Falcon line and is being offered as standard equipment on the Falcon 2000EX, 2000DX and 2000LX, the Falcon 900EX and 900DX, and the new Falcon 7X…Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has been appointed by Gulfstream Aerospace as a cabin entertainment equipment supplier.…Nordam has delivered to Cessna the first cabinet
Significant cost and time savings achieved through the use of advanced digital design and production software on the Falcon 7X have persuaded Dassault that the development of new business jets smaller than the 5,700-nm 7X trijet might be economically more viable than the company had previously thought, although senior v-p of civil aircraft Olivier Villa declined to reveal what size of jet would likely be next in line for creation on company en
Forecast International of Newtown, Conn., released its most recent 10-year outlook, The World Market for Business Jet Aircraft, at the Farnborough Air Show last month.
Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 7X business jet, with a fly-by-wire, side-stick control system, promises to redefine the word “new.” At the Dassault Falcon Jet 25th Worldwide Maintenance & Operators Seminar, held in June in in Boca Raton, Fla., the company also described the virtual-reality program that promises to dramatically reduce maintenance time and costs for operators of the big, $37 million trijet.