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Description: Dassault-Aviation's Falcon is a family of business jets powered by two or three engines introduced in 1965 with more than 1,800 airplanes ordered from customers in 65 countries. The Falcon family has logged more than 11 million flying hours since its first customer delivery in the 1960s. From the twinjet Falcon 20 to the trijet Falcon 7X featuring intercontinental range, Falcon has taken profit from advanced technologies coming from both military and commercial range. Originally Falcon was known as the Mystere and inherited Dassault's expertise on military aircraft programs.
The first commercial model available was twinjet Falcon 20 (Mystere 20) followed by Falcon 200 which was also powered by two engines. In 1979, Dassault delivered the first long range, trijet Falcon 50 business jet. The Falcon 50EX is currently the last Falcon 50 model in production and is capable of traveling slightly more than 3,000 nautical miles (nm). Trijet Falcon 900 features ranges in excess of 4,000 nm (7,000+ km). In 1995, Dassault introduced Falcon 2000 twinjet aircraft for customers needing VIP transport for ranges no greater than 4,000 nautical miles. By 2006, Falcon 7X with an impressive range of 5,700 nm (10,500 km) will complete Falcon portfolio.
The Dassault Aviation Falcon 5X is the biggest and most advanced business jet of the Falcon aircraft family featuring new aerodynamics, flight control system and other advanced technologies. This new aircraft offers the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet and fuel efficiency as much as 50 percent better than competing aircraft. Overall, the aircraft is intended to carry eight passengers with a flight endurance of over 11 hours on routes of up to 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 kilometers). Typically, the aircraft is meant to cover routes connecting Los Angeles with London, Sao Paulo with Chicago, Johannesburg with Geneva or Paris with Beijing. The Falcon 5X was unveiled at Las Vegas National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) annual convention on October 21, 2013. The first flight is expected in the first quarter of 2015 and type certification before the end of 2016. The Falcon 5X aircraft is priced at $45 million with the first customer delivery expected to occur by the end of 2016 or early 2017.
The Falcon 5X business jet is powered by two new generation Snecma Silvercrest turbofan engines each providing 11,450-lb of thrust at takeoff and higher levels of fuel efficiency, approximately 15 percent compared to similar power class engines. Aircraft and engines will have the most advanced real-time self-diagnosis onboard maintenance system. The 5X aerodynamics includes an additional control surface called 'flaperon' that allows steep approaches at slow and safe speeds with all the control surfaces controlled by a new digital flight control system making the whole process more precise, easier and safer. Honeywell is the supplier of the new generation EASy all-digital cockpit and the radar capable of detecting turbulence at greater distances than current models. The cockpit's head-up display (HUD) is provided by Elbit Systems and provides enhanced situational awareness as well as high fidelity of the outside even when actual visibility is zero. The spacious and comfortable cabin can accommodate up to 16 passengers and a crew of three persons.
Falcon 5X Specifications
Number of Engines: 2
Cabin Height: 1.98 meter (78 inch)
Cabin Length: 11.8 meter (464 inch)
Cabin Width: 2.58 meter (102 inch)
Height: 7.50 meter (295 inch)
Length: 25.2 meter (992 inch)
Wingspan: 25.9 meter (85 foot)
Ceiling: 15,545 meter (51,001 foot)
Max Range: 5,200 nautical mile (5,985 mile)
Take Off Run Distance: 1,600 foot (488 meter)
Cruise Speed: 0.80 mach (956 kph)
Final Approach Speed: 105 KIAS
Top Speed at High Altitude: 0.90 mach (581 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 11 hour (660 minute)
Baggage Capacity: 4.40 metric ton (155 cu ft)
Cabin Volume: 50 metric ton (1,766 cu ft)
Fuel Load: 12,790 kilogram (28,197 pound)
Max Landing Weight: 29,980 kilogram (66,093 pound)
Max Ramp Weight: 31,660 kilogram (69,797 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 22,900 pound
Max Takeoff Weight: 31,570 kilogram (69,599 pound)
Max Zero Fuel Weight: 19,730 kilogram (43,496 pound)
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