NBAA 2013: Dassault unwraps Falcon 5X

Dassault Falcon Jet has finally unwrapped its ‘SMS’ – dubbed the Falcon FX, the large-cabin $45 million business jet is the show story this year.

The newest member of the family will have a cabin cross section that’s slightly larger than that of Gulfstream G650, but it is considerably shorter with a maximum range of 5,200-nm.

The cockpit will feature the industry's most advanced "head-up display" technology, provided by Elbit Systems. The new HUD will combine "enhanced vision" and "synthetic vision" for unsurpassed situational awareness, even in total darkness, fog or dense haze. Enhanced vision uses infrared sensors to display terrain in darkness and reduced visibility. Synthetic vision uses a global terrain database for the same purpose. In the 5X, they will be combined for the first time on the head-up display providing a high fidelity view of the outside world even when actual visibility is zero.

It has a new fuselage, new wing, and flies on two new Safran Snecma Silvercrest turbofans. It is also equipped with digital flight control system functionality. It will compete with Gulfstream’s 4,200-nm G450, and Bombardier’s 5,400 nm-range Global 5000.

The cabin also has several new design features. The seats have hollowed-out armrests, plug-in ports for individual seat monitors, and Wi-Fi, which will support iPads or iPhones as monitors.

Liz Moscrop, Inflight /
Las Vegas, USA

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