Also Unveils Electronic Flight Bag Option On 2000 And 900
Dassault Falcon had
some big news to share at EBACE2006 Tuesday... or rather, some big
numbers. The company confirmed an increase in range for its new
Falcon 7X bizjet to 5950 nm, as well as an increase in payload with
full fuel. The new range will enable the 7X to fly nonstop between
cities such as New York and Riyadh, Paris and Singapore and Los
Angeles and Rome.
As previously announced, Dassault was examining a number of
options to increase the range of the world’s first
purpose-built fly-by-wire business jet. Those improvements were
confirmed recently and will include the addition of winglets,
additional fuel tanks in the forward section and a redesign of the
secondary rudder and lower fin.
The thrust for the Pratt and Whitney Canada 307A engines was
also increased to 6400 lbs.
"Our goal from the first day of the Falcon 7X program was to
exceed the expectations of our customers and to build an aircraft
Dassault would be proud of," said Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and
CEO of Dassault Aviation. "We’ve succeeded in both areas. Our
customers are getting more airplane than they were promised."
In addition to extended range, the Maximum Take-off Weight
(MTOW) has been increased to 69,000 lbs which would still make the
Falcon 7X the lightest airplane in it’s class by at least
22,000 lbs. The payload capacity with full fuel has been increased
by more than 1,000 lbs and the Basic Operating Weight (BOW) is 34,
Following the successful completion of
cold soak tests involving Falcon 7X s/n 002, flight
testing of the aircraft in natural icing conditions has recently
begun and will take place throughout Europe.
"So far, the test article has performed as designed during the
grueling static and fatigue trials," said Olivier Villa, Senior
Vice President of Civil Aircraft at Dassault Aviation. "We’re
another step closer to certification with ultimate static load
testing to begin shortly."
EFB Now Available On Falcon 2000 And 900 Aircraft
In addition to news about its upcoming jet, Dassault also
reported the company is now offering hard mounted Electronic Flight
Bags (EFB) on all new Falcon 2000DX, 2000EX, 900DX and 900EX
The CMC Electronics PilotView system will offer airport,
departure and approach charts, along with graphical real time
weather information. The Class II unit is side mounted on pilot or
copilot side and certified for all phases of flight.
"We believe the PilotView EFB gives our operators the most
advanced Electronic Flight Bag in corporate aviation,” said
Eric Monsel, Vice President of Programs for Dassault Falcon. "With
its solid-state design, PilotView makes a terrific supplement to
our EASy flight deck and provides to our cockpit a paperless
The PilotView EFB is fully customizable, and improves
productivity by enabling efficient access to information such as
Jeppesen charts, up to date aircraft documentation, and weight and
balance program. PilotView is ideal for cockpits where space is at
a premium. The unit features an 8.4” display that offers
exceptional readability in all cockpit light conditions and
features a "film-on-glass” touch sensitive screen with an
aircraft quality slide-out keyboard.