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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 Introduces 2000LXS

Article By: Mark Huber
Dassault Falcon is introducing yet another new version of its popular super-midsize twin. The Falcon 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S. The new aircraft is expected to cost $500,000 more than the 2000LX (2012 $) and gain certification in 2014 when it replaces the 2000LX.

As on the 2000S, the LXS features forward edge wing slats to reduce Vref speeds and takeoff and landing distances. Preliminary estimates indicate the 2000LXS will require a takeoff balanced field length of 4,675 feet at mtow, a landing distance of 2,300 feet, and a Vref of 107 knots, a substantial difference from the performance of the 2000LX (5,750 feet, 2730 feet and 116 knots, respectively).

However, unlike the 2000S, the LXS does so without compromising range or payload. Dassault engineers found ways to remove 300 pounds from the wing structure, even with the addition of winglets, and 100 lbs from the cabin interior. Consequently, they estimate with full fuel the LXS will still have a range of 4,000 nm (0.8M, full fuel, six passengers, 85 percent Boeing annual winds, NBAA IFR reserves), an mtow of 42,800 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,190 pounds. Possible city pairs include New York-Anchorage, Singapore-Dubai and Beijing-Mumbai.

Power on the aircraft comes from a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines (7,000 pounds of thrust each) fitted with Talon II combusters that cut NOx emissions by 20 percent without any power penalty. The engines will burn 40 percent cleaner than ICAO CAEP/6 standards, according to Dassault.

The aircraft’s cabin also includes a variety of improvements including better soundproofing that reduces noise by two decibels, the new Rockwell Collins FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system with HD viewing on monitors up to 22 inches and functions that can be controlled wirelessly from anywhere in the aircraft via Apple iOS devices. A dedicated application allows passengers to control entertainment, window shades, lighting and temperature. The Aircell Axxess II satcom System is standard on the aircraft and the LXS will be delivered with a restyled cockpit that includes the Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy II avionics system.

Dassault (Booth No. 3760) also confirmed that it is producing parts for its new SMS twinjet and promised to offer full details on the program next year.

The 2000LSX is on track for certification next year and first year production is sold out. The 7X long-range trijet continues to sell well, primarily outside North America. The highest-time 7X has accumulated 4,000 flight hours and will soon receive upgrades including a new cabin management system, updated flight deck, higher crosswind approval, vacuum toilets and an optional shower for the rear lavatory.

Overall, Dassault is on track to deliver 65 Falcons this year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said yesterday, who said the pace of global economic recovery was slow, but encouraging.

Dassault is increasing its global service capabilities to reflect its growing customer base outside North America and now has 50 authorized service centers.

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