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Dassault Introduces Falcon 5X

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Dassault unveiled the only new clean-sheet design so far at NBAA 2013 in Las Vegas on Monday and it appears aimed at maintaining its standing in the mid- to super-midsize market. The Falcon 5X is described as the "biggest and most advanced Falcon jet." It's a fly-by-wire aircraft that boasts the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet and a six-foot-six cabin height and those dimensions are enhanced by design features that make the big space seem even more spacious. It will have Snecma Silvercrest engines the company says will make it as much as 50 percent more efficient than some of its direct competitors. "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," said CEO Eric Trappier.

The new airplane is expected to enter service in 2015 and will accommodate up to 16 passengers with a range of 5,200 nautical miles. Integrated flight controls with flaperons on the wings allow for steep approaches; the aircraft also has nosewheel steering for better ground handling. Enhanced and synthetic vision on the head-up display will be standard.

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