Dassault Aviation Unveils Falcon 5X, New Advanced-Technology, Long-Range Business Jet New aircraft embodies advances in design, flight control technology and fuel efficiency (
Las Vegas, Nevada, October 21, 2013): Dassault Aviationtoday unveiled its biggest and most advanced Falcon jet. The Falcon 5X is a new-generation business jet with new a flight control system, new aerodynamics and other advanced technologies, many pioneered in Dassault's military programs. "The Falcon 5X is the new benchmark for the creative use of advanced technology in business aviation," said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. "Using design and manufacturing software and systems pioneered by Dassault, we have been able to build a larger, more comfortable and more capable aircraft that is also more environmentally friendly and much more economical to operate compared to other airplanes in its class." "The Falcon 5X represents our biggest investment since the beginning of the Falcon programs," said Trappier. "It demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the technology leadership that we have displayed in this market since our first business jet flew fifty years ago." Unveiled in Las Vegasat the National Business Aviation Association'sannual convention, the company hailed the Falcon 5X as an industry breakthrough, offering the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet and fuel efficiency as much as 50 percent better than competing aircraft. The Falcon 5X represents an important addition to the Falcon product line, expanding its offering in the large-cabin segment. The new jet has a cabin height of six feet, six inches (1.98 m), an important consideration for passenger comfort on flights of 10 or 11 hours' duration. The 16-passenger aircraft has a range of 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km), connecting Los Angeleswith London, Sao Paulowith Chicago, Johannesburgwith Genevaor Pariswith Beijing. Functionality and modern style blend in the cabin. The company conducted extensive research into new cabin technology and styling techniques that will greatly enhance passengers' sense of spaciousness and comfort. The new aircraft's digital flight control system represents a major advance in making aircraft control more precise, easier and safer. The system integrates all moving control surfaces for the first time, including an additional control surface called a 'flaperon', that allows steep approaches at slow and safe speeds. It also integrates nose wheel steering for safer runway handling in strong crosswind conditions and on wet or slick runways. Dassault Aviationis a leader in digital flight control technology having pioneered it on fighters four decades ago and having introduced the first business jet with digital flight controls, the Falcon 7X, in 2007.