Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground on May 27 for a larger and technically enhanced paint shop at its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., Dassault Aviation’s largest facility outside France. The $8 million, 46,000-sq-ft facility will be used primarily for the new 5,700-nm Falcon 7X.
Enhanced Avionics System
A year after construction began, the new assembly facility for the long-range Dassault Falcon 7X is finished and has already started operations. Attendees at the inauguration on September 15 in Bordeaux, France, could see some 10 Falcon 2000 and 2000EX twinjets in the last stages of final assembly.
Dassault’s new Falcon 7X will be the largest business jet produced by the French company, but interior completion cycle time at the manufacturer’s Little Rock, Ark. facility is expected to be as little as three months. It is part of a program initiated about 18 months ago that has already reduced the average interior completion time for all Falcons to four months.
Dassault Aviation late last month revealed more information about its all-new airplane, which was code-named FNX when announced at the Paris Air Show in June. The French manufacturer’s contender in the ultra-long-range business jet market now has an official name–the Falcon 7X. Dassault said the airplane’s four-crew, eight-passenger 5,700-nm IFR range is optimum because it “delivers the major U.S.
At the end of next year Dassault will start delivering its newest business jet, the Falcon 900DX. Intended to “fill a niche” between the $35 million 900EX and the $25 million 2000EX, the $32 million 900DX will have Dassault’s EASy flight deck and will be powered by three Honeywell TFE-731-60 turbofans, the same engines as on the 900EX.
September 21 marked 20 years since the first Falcon 900 took flight. Since then, Dassault has built 337 copies of the trijet in five different variants. According to Dassault, all 337 are still in operation, including the Greek-registered Falcon 900 in which six people were killed when the airplane went through several severe in-flight oscillations on Sept. 14, 1999.
The Dassault Falcon 2000 series is getting a facelift, with increased range for the Falcon 2000LX (which replaces the 2000EX) and slightly less range for the Falcon 2000DX (which supersedes the Falcon 2000). Flight tests are under way and both airplanes are expected to be certified late this year. Deliveries should follow early next year.
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.
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