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Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification, Europe Business Aviation, Falcon 5X Avionics

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that the Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The new Citation Latitude represents the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency and is the first business jet to combine a roomy, flat floor, stand-up cabin, with a mid-size price and best-in-class operating costs.

Cessna Citation Latitude awarded FAA certification

“From inception, we looked at every aspect of how we design, build and deliver new products to the market with the goal to further improve upon the key attributes that make the Citation so highly esteemed,” said Scott Ernest, president, and CEO of Textron Aviation. “Throughout the certification program, the Latitude demonstrated breakthrough results, which are evident in the aircraft’s performance and value proposition. And now, customers can experience firsthand how the Latitude can reduce operating costs, while increasing productivity and profitability for their businesses.”

Cessna Latitude

FAA certification follows the aircraft’s first Atlantic crossing and European debut at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in May.  Customer reception remains strong as the aircraft’s transcontinental and European performance capabilities were showcased during a month-long regional demonstration tour. The aircraft flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain in just over 5 hours demonstrating notable fuel efficiency that would allow the aircraft to continue to several additional European destinations. The Citation Latitude will continue its global debut scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

Cessna Citation Latitude cockpit

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8C inspection done on Bombardier Global

Jet Aviation Singapore has undertaken the first Bombardier Global 8C Inspection in the Asia Pacific region. The inspection will be completed in conjunction with an interior refurbishment.

The inspection began earlier this month at the company’s newly expanded MRO facility at Seletar Aerospace Park. As the aircraft’s largest maintenance event, the 10-year 8C inspection requires an extensive dismantling of the cabin for a thorough check of the airframe and structures, including a major overhaul of the landing gear, examination of all operating systems and a detailed review of the aircraft’s flight documents.

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European Business Aviation flights on the increase

Eurozone business aviation has clearly recovered. The region saw its six largest markets, comprising 56% of total activity, all grow. Other important markets such as Spain and Turkey also increased activity in May, according to data compiled by WINGX Advance.

In total, there were 73,436 business aviation flight departures in Europe in May, 493 more than in May 2014. That is a 0.7% YOY growth. Strong growth in Germany, France, and Italy, in particular, was partly offset by declines in Switzerland, Austria, and The Netherlands.

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Honeywell Exec Expands on Dassault’s Falcon 5X Latest Integrated Avionics

Dassault has unveiled its latest iteration of the Falcon jet family: the Falcon 5X, flying with Honeywell’s Primus Epic EASy III cockpit technologies. With the 5X set to make its maiden flight this summer, the suite of integrated avionics aims to offer operators a smooth and easy flying experience through cutting edge technology.

Honeywell collaborated with Dassault to create the EASy III flight deck in Dassault's Falcon 5X (PRNewsFoto/Honeywell Aerospace)

“High end biz jets like these want state-of-the-art functionality, they want more than just the minimum certified capability, so we started offering wide screen, high resolution color displays that could show 3-D type formats that pilots find easier to manipulate, easier to train with, safer to operate,” Tom Lawler, director of marketing and product management at Honeywell, told Avionics Magazine.

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OPINION: Why Dassault’s wide-cabin 5X will succeed

The industry got its first glimpse of the all-new and eagerly-anticipated Falcon 5X at a dedicated roll-out ceremony on 2 June.

Dassault’s first clean-sheet design for more than a decade is a triumph. So too is its strategy to make this impressive wide-cabin business jet the benchmark for a family of new-generation Falcons.

With a cabin 2.58m (8.5ft) wide and 1.98m high, the 5X has the largest internal cross section of any traditional business jet on the market today – greater than its sector rivals the Bombardier Global 5000, Gulfstream G450 and in-development G500.

It is bigger even than the G650 and the developmental Global 7000 and 8000 – all positioned at the top end of the ultra-long-range sector where Dassault will eventually stake a claim.

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FAA approval clears Citation Latitude for deliveries

The US Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a type certificate for the nine-passenger Citation Latitude to complete a 3.5-year-long development programme, Cessna announced on 5 June.

Cessna Citation Latitude cabin interior

Cessna Citation Latitude runway

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FAA Grants Certification to Cessna Citation Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, announced that its Citation Latitude business jet has achieved type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year.

Cessna Citation Latitude cabin interior aft

FAA certification follows the aircraft’s first Atlantic crossing and European debut at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May. The aircraft flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Valencia, Spain in just over 5 hours, demonstrating fuel efficiency that would allow the aircraft to continue to several additional European destinations. The Citation Latitude will continue its global debut scheduled throughout the remainder of the year.

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Falcon 5X Engine, Gulfstream FANS Solution, Falcon 8X Certification, Bombardier Global WAVE

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Bigger Issue for New Falcon 5X

Expectations for the Falcon 5X were high in June 2015 when the Dassault Aviation rolled out its largest and most advanced business jet at the company’s final assembly plant in Merignac, France. And they still are, except for one thing—the Super Midsized twinjet will not enter service until the first half of 2020, three years later than planned due to engineering problems with the Snecma Silvercrest engine.

Dassault Falcon 5X engine problems

Ground and flight tests last year revealed engine-case distortions caused by high temperatures. Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier indicated late last year that resolving the problems would require no structural modification to the aircraft, but that no longer is the case. Some structural redesign will be necessary, according to a company official.

Dassault expects its Falcon 5X to be as strong a seller as the 7X, the fastest selling Falcon jet the company has ever built. But the new aircraft will enter service at least three years late.

At least one industry observer believes the delay will have little or no impact on the overall success of the program. Richard Aboulafia, vice president, Analysis, at Arlington, Va.-based Teal Group, an independent market-research firm, said: “There’s a lot of technology in this engine to mature, which means that Dassault will have to endure some short-term pain. Then I expect the 5X to be a great seller, because the airplane offers a fantastic cabin for its price point.”

Priced at just under $45 million (in 2013 dollars), the 5X will compete with the Bombardier Global 5000 and Gulfstream 450. It is Dassault’s first clean-sheet design since the Falcon 7X in 2007 and features a large cabin and a range of 5,200 nm. at Mach 0.80.

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Gulfstream Offers GIV-SP Operators Fully Integrated Fans 1/A+ Solution

Avionics Upgrade Satisfies Mandates, Enhances Safety And Optimizes Flight Time, Fuel

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently earned approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install the mandated avionics upgrade known as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ on GIV-SP aircraft.

Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft you can charter

FANS 1/A+ uses automation and satellite-based technology to improve aviation communication, surveillance and traffic management. It will allow Gulfstream’s nearly 325 GIV-SP operators to comply with worldwide mandates for the most efficient routing to and from Europe and North America.

“Like our solution for GV aircraft, this system was developed by Gulfstream and Honeywell to fully integrate with the GIV-SP flight deck,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “It is not a stand-alone system. The full functionality of the flight management system — auto throttle, auto pilot, vertical navigation — is retained. Operators will save time and fuel with access to preferred routing across the North Atlantic Ocean, and training on the system is fast since flight crews are already proficient with the flight management system and control display unit.”

Operational mandates require FANS 1/A+ for the most wind-efficient North Atlantic Ocean flight tracks. Some Pacific Ocean routes are also affected. After Jan. 30, 2020, aircraft without FANS 1/A+ will not be allowed to operate in Minimum Navigation Performance Specification airspace, which includes most North Atlantic routes.

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Falcon 8X Enters Final Stages of Flight Test and Certification Campaign

Dassault Aviation’s new flagship, the Falcon 8X, is entering the final stages of its flight test and certification program as work proceeds to prepare the ultra-long range trijet for initial delivery.

Dassault Falcon 8X soak trial

The three aircraft in the flight test program have nearly completed all certification test requirements, and to date have accumulated over 650 flight hours in 325 flights.

Dassault Falcon 8X soak trial

After undergoing thermal, acoustic and cabin amenity testing at the Little Rock Completion Center, s/n 03, the first 8X equipped with a fully fitted interior, returned to the Istres Flight Test Center near Marseille earlier this month to prepare for cold soak trials. Intended to demonstrate aircraft system functionality under extreme weather conditions, the soak trial campaign was conducted at Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, on the northwestern shore of Canada’s Hudson Bay, from March 9-11.

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Bombardier WAVE High-speed Ka-band Wi-Fi Service for Global 5000 and Global 6000 Aircraft Receives Transport Canada Certification

Certification obtained following extensive flight hours and rigorous tests aboard Bombardier’s Global aircraft

Bombardier is the first business aircraft OEM to incorporate the fastest worldwide onboard connectivity solution, powered by next-generation Honeywell Aerospace and Inmarsat technology
Passengers can now stage a video conference, browse the Internet or stream online shows high above land and water, as seamlessly as they would on the ground
Solidifies Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft position as the leading choice for business travel providing ultra-high-speed Internet access, consistent performance and seamless coverage across the globe

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) ultra-high-speed in-flight connectivity and productivity solution has been awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada (TC).

Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere)

The new system, which allows business aviation passengers to browse the Internet, stream online media and stage a video conference high above land and water as seamlessly as they would at home or in the office, is now available as an option for new Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft customers and will also be offered as an upgrade option on Global aircraft currently in service.

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Gulfstream G650ER Farthest Flight and New City Pair Record, Dassault Military Expertise Helps Business Aircraft Development, Top Ten Long Range Business Jets

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Gulfstream and it’s G650ER are in the news. The G650ER set a couple of city pair records: It flew from New York to Beijing almost 7,000 nautical miles non-stop and then flew from Beijing to Savannah a little over 6,500 nautical miles non stop again. This ultra long range aircraft is also in the news because it flew from Singapore to Las Vegas over 8,000 nautical miles non stop. Also in this post is an excerpt from the Business Aviation Voice section in Forbes that details some of the advantages that Dassault has over other business jet manufacturers because of its military aircraft technology. We will see how well it translates when their latest business jet, the Falcon 8X, finishes its flight testing in 2016.
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Aircraft Flies Around The World In One Stop, Adds Two More City-Pair Records

Gulfstream G650ER business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G650ER recently set two city-pair records while flying around the world in one stop.

The G650ER took off from White Plains, New York, with three passengers and four crew members on board. It flew 6,939 nautical miles/12,851 kilometers eastbound to Beijing at an average speed of Mach 0.87 for a total flight time of 13 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft then flew eastbound 6,572 nm/12,171 km to Savannah, accomplishing the mission at an average speed of Mach 0.89 for a total flight time of 12 hours. The aircraft landed both times with fuel in excess of National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rule reserves.

Gulfstream G650ER business jets sets two city pair records

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Gulfstream G650ER Shows Its Long Range Capability

Travels 8,010 nm Non-Stop

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the Gulfstream G650ER has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the farthest flight in its history.

Gulfstream G650ER copletes farthest flight so far

On January 22, a G650ER, owned by Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited, flew 8,010 nautical miles/14,835 kilometers nonstop, traveling from Singapore Changi Airport to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas with four passengers, including Wynn, and three crew members on board. The trip took 14 hours and 32 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.85, with tail winds of 76 knots. The G650ER landed with fuel in excess of the National Business Aviation Association instrument flight rules reserves.

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Of all of the major business jet manufacturers, France’s Dassault Aviation may enjoy a unique advantage that seems to be rarely mentioned: it also produces one of the most technologically advanced multirole fighters in the world, the Rafale. In fact, the wings for all Dassault aircraft—civil and military—are made at the same factory near Bordeaux, including those for the Falcon 8X, the company’s newest business jet.

Dassault business jets: Falcon 8X

Dassault claims its know-how in developing fighters enables its engineers to design and build business jets that combine exceptional reliability, flight-handing and technical capabilities with unmatched cabin comfort and operating economics. Major competitors, such as Bombardier and Gulfstream, would likely argue that their French rival has nothing over them when it comes to designing and building purpose-built business jets that meet customers’ most demanding expectations for cabin comfort and operating economics.

This much is certain: current-generation fighters are being built to higher tolerances to ensure precision of shape, and thus optimum performance and durability in service. No less attention is being given to the assembly of the all-important wings for the 8X and the 5X, another business jet that Dassault is developing. It is the company’s way of making sure that its business aircraft match designers’ exacting specifications, just as the Rafale does. The tri-engine 8X is actually a derivative of the fast-selling, in-service Falcon 7X, with a cabin that is 3.5 ft. longer. While the wings look identical to those of the 7X, except for a new winglet, they are 1,320 lb. lighter.

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Dassault Falcon to Expand Maintenance Facility for Falcon 7X, Gulfstream G200

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Dassault Falcon to Expand Maintenance Facility

Dassault Falcon Service plans to build a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in southwestern France, adjacent to the Dassault Aviation manufacturing plant. The 7,200-sq.-meter facility will serve Falcon 7X, 8X and 5X large cabin aircraft. The six-bay facility is expected to open in mid-2016, in time to handle initial C Checks for the Falcon 7X, of which more than 230 are now in operation.

Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft

Dassault Falcon plans to build a heavy maintenance facility for the Falcon 7X

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Original super-midsize jet offers transcontinental U.S. range with impressive economy

Gulfstream G200

For as little as $5 million, you can buy a Galaxy/Gulfstream G200

For as little as $5 million, you can buy a IAI Galaxy also known as Gulfstream G200. It’s the original super-midsize business jet, able to fly eight passengers 3,200 nm and land with NBAA IFR reserves. The aircraft has nearly GII cabin dimensions, albeit with a shallow dropped aisle, but it has close to midsize jet fuel consumption and direct operating costs. Perennially cash strapped IAI earned FAA certification for Galaxy in December 1998 and 53 units were delivered from 1999 to 2001.

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BusinessAviationVoice: Connecting With Buyers

When it comes to competing for global market share, business aviation is about as rough-and-tumble a marketplace as you’ll find—comparable in some ways to the automotive world’s focus on technology and higher performance.

There are at least five major airframe manufacturers vying for customers worldwide. Apples-to-apples comparisons can be tricky and even nuanced. In the end—at least among prospective buyers who understand what business aviation is all about—it comes down to which model in any given category represents the best overall value proposition, based on how the asset will be used while offering the lowest cost of ownership.

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Dassault Falcon Service to Expand Maintenance Capacity at Bordeaux-Merignac, VisionAire optimistic about Vantage

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Dassault Falcon Service has announced plans to build a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in southwestern France.

The 7,200 sq. meter facility will be built on a parcel of land adjacent to the Dassault Aviation manufacturing plant and will serve Falcon 7X, 8X and 5X large cabin aircraft. It will complement DFS’s existing MR&O installations at Le Bourget Airport near Paris.

The expanded manufacturing plant and will serve Dassault Falcon 7X, 8X and 5X large cabin aircraft

“The new Mérignac service center reflects Dassault Falcon Service’s commitment to keep up with the steady expansion of the Falcon fleet, which now numbers more than 2,000 aircraft worldwide, and make sure customers continue benefiting from the top-notch service they’ve come to enjoy,” said Jean Kayanakis, General Manager, Dassault Falcon Service.

The new facility, capable of accommodating six aircraft, is expected to commence operations in mid-2016, in time to handle initial C Checks for the fast-selling Falcon 7X, and will eventually employ up to 70 specialists and technicians. More than 230 Falcon 7X’s are now in operation and the fleet leaders (the oldest aircraft in the fleet) will begin requiring heavy maintenance by 2016.

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VisionAire Jets’ dogged pursuit of funding for its Vantage business aircraft has suffered a major blow after an unnamed but committed new investor was forced to withdraw support following their incarceration.

Visionaire Jets

“We seem to get so close and then something happens,” says VisionAire founder and chief executive Jim Rice, who has been a devotee of the Vantage programme since its inception around 25 years ago.

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Gulfstream G500 vs Dassault Falcon 5X vs Bombardier Global 5000 vs G450, NBAA 2014 + More

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

First, a disclaimer (and it’s one we use every time): “A paper aircraft can always beat a real aircraft when you compare them,” says the head of one aircraft manufacturer. “Until an aircraft is flying, it is unfair to compare it with an aircraft that is still being designed.” Comparing the G500 and the Falcon 5X with the 11 year old Global 5000 seems a bit unfair (especially as Bombardier is rumoured to be announcing next-generation Global 5000/6000s at the upcoming NBAA 2014 convention.) JetOptions will be attending NBAA 2014.

Gulfstream G500 vs Dassault Falcon 5X vs Bombardier Global 5000 vs G450

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Gulfstream G500 vs Gulfstream G450 aircraft comparison

With 300 aircraft delivered since 2005, Gulfstream’s G450 was a popular and successful replacement to the – also popular and successful – Gulfstream GIV. With a larger cabin, longer range and higher speed the new Gulfstream G500 looks set to follow this success.As the table shows the G500 will offer many improvements over the G450: faster speed, longer range, larger cabin, higher altitude (which allows you to fly over bad weather), more baggage space and even lower pressure in the cabin (which reduces effects of jet lag).

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Bombardier will give the new LearJet 85 its public debut at the 2014 NBAA convention next week in Orlando, Florida.

The aircraft will be the first prototype, or FTV1 (Flight Test Vehicle 1) as Bombardier call it.

Bombardier to send LearJet 85 to NBAA 2014

FTV1 was the first LearJet 85 to be completed and rolled out from the manufacturer’s Wichita production facility. It is also the first LearJet 85 to fly, having completed the types first flight on April 9 2014.

The LearJet 85 is the first of the LearJet family to rely heavily on composite materials, with the manufacturer opening a composite manufacturing plant in Querétaro Mexico to work on the fuselage.

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It is almost 11 years since Concorde services were withdrawn, but supersonic flights could soon again be a reality for holidaymakers.

Airbus to help build supersonic jet

A number of American aeronautical and engineering companies have released proposals for the development of supersonic aircraft that could whisk passengers from New York to London in under four hours or from London to Sydney in an afternoon. Although some military aircraft already reach supersonic speeds, it hasn’t been considered economically viable to offer this kind of flight commercially. Due to technological advancements however, the Boston-based engineering firm Spike Aerospace has claimed its proposed supersonic aircraft could be in service by the end of this decade.

Also endeavouring to launch supersonic aircraft, the Nevada-based company Aerion Corporation has given further credibility to claims that members of the public will soon be able to fly at faster than the speed of sound by announcing that it has partnered with Airbus Group.

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One thing that you cannot fault Gulfstream for is the ability of its employees to keep a secret.

Everyone has known that Gulfstream has been working on a new aircraft for several years (the cars outside the factory were a good guide) and most people had a pretty good guess at the larger cabin, Pratt & Whitney engines and range. But it has been extremely good at keeping the details and the level of its development secret.

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Dassault Falcon Jet Breaks Ground on Little Rock Expansion on 5X and 8X completions facility and more

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Rockwell Collins’ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM), the secure data transfer system for Pro Line Fusion, Pro Line 21 and Pro Line 4 avionics, is now European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified on 22 aircraft models.

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As the Embraer Legacy 500 business jet takes flight with it’s certification and entry into service so does the TTTech system integration solutions. The closed-loop fly-by-wire flight control system replaces mechanical controls with a lighter-weight digital system that incorporates envelope protection on board the Legacy 500.

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Australia’s government will start consultations with a view to reviewing the list of business jets that are allowed to operate during the curfew periods at Sydney and Adelaide airports, but has given no indication it will allow more commercial jets onto the list.

Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss says that the last time that the aircraft permitted list was updated was in 2005, and since then newer and more quiet aircraft have become available but are not yet permitted to operate from the airport between the 11pm to 6am curfew.

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Following recent declines, private aircraft charter demand in Russia is expected to rebound, according to online charter portal Avinode. The Sweden-based group’s charter availability system currently includes about 60 Russian operators, offering service on more than 70 business aircraft that operate either into Russia or within the country, according to chief commercial officer Gustav Andreasen. The grand total of requests for charter made through Avinode’s overall system has topped 7 million, and the company expects to pass the milestone of 10 million in October. The largest portion comes from Europe, where the number of requests has increased by 30 percent over last year’s traffic. The U.S. share is 20 percent and growing.

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Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground September 2nd on a major expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Arkansas completion facility dedicated to two new models, the Falcon 5X very large body twin jet and ultra-long range Falcon 8X trijet. Introduced in October 2013 and May 2014 respectively, the new models will significantly expand the Falcon fleet and meet customer demand for additional range and cabin space.

Dassault Falcon 8X trijet

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