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October 21, 2013updated Oct 23, 2013

NBAA Showstopper: Dassault’s Falcon 5X Unveiled

By Chris Boyle

Dassault’s Falcon 5XDassault Aviation yesterday unveiled the Falcon 5X, an all-new twinjet with the largest cross section and the most advanced fly-by-wire flight control system in business aviation.

“With the Falcon 5X, Dassault has expanded the limits of what is possible in a business jet,” said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

“This new aircraft will offer an incredibly spacious and comfortable cabin with handling qualities and airport performance unmatched by any other large business jet. And this, while maintaining the traditional hallmarks of high performance, industry leading efficiency and robust design that have come to define the Dassault Falcon brand over the past 50 years.”

With eight passengers, the Falcon 5X will have a range of 5,200 nm at M.80. It will be powered by brand-new, innovative 11,450-lb thrust Snecma Silvercrest engines – the most efficient powerplant in business aviation. The combination of sophisticated aerodynamics and ultra-efficient engines will permit the Falcon 5X to be as much as 50% more fuel efficient than competitors’ aircraft, with corresponding savings in operating economy.

The Falcon 5X is expected to have a balanced field length of about 5,250 feet/1600 meters (MTOW, ISA, SL) and an approach speed of about 105 kts at typical landing weight. It will be capable of landing at 95% of its Max Take Off Weight, offering an unprecedented degree of flexibility.

The Falcon 5X will also feature the newest generation of Dassault’s award winning EASy flight deck.

First flight is expected in the first quarter of 2015 with EASA and FAA certifications before the end of 2016.

“When designing the Falcon 5X, we interacted extensively with our customers to determine their cabin needs,” said Eric Trappier. “The industry has moved in a direction of wider cabins which, of course, has allowed Dassault to offer industry leading functionality, space and comfort in the Falcon 5X. One of the measures of an international business jet is how the passenger feels upon arrival. There is simply more space, which will create a better sense of well-being for the passengers.”

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