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Dassault Falcon Jet Still Going Strong at 40

Article By: Chad Trautvetter
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Teterboro, N.J.-based Dassault Falcon Jet–the wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation that is responsible for Falcon sales and service in the Americas, Pacific Rim and China–celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. On Dec. 1, 1972, executives from Pan American Airways and Dassault Aviation signed an agreement to form what is now known as Dassault Falcon Jet to expand the U.S. market with Pan American, the launch customer for the Falcon 20.

Known today as Dassault Falcon Jet, the Teterboro, N.J.-based Dassault Aviation subsidiary was founded 40 years ago as Pan American Business Jets. It originally was a partnership between Dassault and Pan Am to sell Falcon 20s in the U.S. Today, Dassault Falcon Jet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Aviation that sells and services Falcons in the Americas, Pacific Rim and China.

“Some of the most recognized names in aviation have their history intertwined with ours,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO at Dassault Falcon Jet and executive vice president for civil aircraft at French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation. “Charles Lindbergh and Juan Trippe launched Pan American Business Jets with the Falcon 20. Fred Smith launched FedEx with a fleet of Falcons. The U.S. Coast Guard ushered in the age of jet powered search-and-rescue airplanes with the Falcon HU-25.”

Dassault Falcon Jet currently has about 3,000 employees scattered among its headquarters, completions and service centers and at subsidiaries in Florida, New Jersey and Beijing. To date, more than 2,200 Falcons have been delivered, about half of which are based in the U.S.

Dassault gives update on Falcon SMS, replacement to Falcon 50

Falcon 50 business jet aircraft
The Falcon SMS will replace the Falcon 50 (above)

Business Jet Traveler recently posted an update on the progress on the "super mid-sized" Falcon SMS. The article says Dassualt Falcon is ramping up the new business jet model to "full-speed development," with wind-tunnel tests being performed on a basic shape.

The company hopes to have the aircraft certified by 2016. Read more

The Falcon SMS twin engine will be a replacement to the three-engine
Falcon 50, produced from 1996 to 2008, when the last Falcon 50 was delivered and plans were announced for the new model.

Aviation Partners brings Falcon 50 with spiroid winglets to Oshkosh

The Airventure festival in Oshkosh, Wisc., always is a bustling hub for GA, experimental, vintage and military aircraft. However, it also sees its fair share of innovations in the realm of business aviation.

Aviation Partners, Inc., flew in and showed off a modified Falcon 50 test model during the 2010 event. The plane was on display in AeroShell Square throughout Airventure.

The test-model Falcon 50 is outfitted with a set of Spiroid Winglets that its designers hope will further reduce drag on an aircraft and lead to fuel savings, even more so than with other winglets currently on the market.

Spiroid winglets tested on a Gulfstream II produced initial results that indicated fuel consumption could be cut by as much as 10 percent in cruise flight by the wingtips.

The hoop-shaped spiroids resulted from a NASA-sponsored project that Aviation Week reported will include about 25 flights. Those working on the project told the magazine that a production model would be expected to weigh significantly less than other winglet options.

Having already produced blended winglets for the Falcon 900 and Boeing 767-300ER, Aviation Partners notes on its web site that the products have reduced global carbon dioxide emissions by more than 22.5 million tons and reduced fuel consumption by 2.2 billion gallons.



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