Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dassault Unveils Falcon 5X Twinjet
Dassault Aviation unveiled the Falcon 5X twinjet at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual event in Las Vegas.
With eight passengers, the Falcon 5X will have a range of 5,200 nm at M.80. It will be powered by 11,450-lb thrust Snecma Silvercrest engines. The combination of sophisticated aerodynamics and ultra-efficient engines will permit the Falcon 5X to be as much as 50 percent more fuel efficient than competitors’ aircraft, with corresponding savings in operating economy, according to the company.
“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.”
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 percent of its Max Take Off Weight, offering an unprecedented degree of flexibility.
The Falcon 5X will also feature the newest generation of Dassault’s EASy flight deck. Thales has been selected by Dassault Aviation to provide the electrical starter-generator and power conversion solution.
First flight is expected in the first quarter of 2015 with EASA and FAA certifications before the end of 2016.