AVIATION

A PENTHOUSE 50,000-FT IN THE SKY

Offering smooth and completely customizable flights, the Dassault Falcon 10X Rev4 sets new records in business aviation.

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For some private travelers, generous space and ample amenities define mile-high luxury. For others, it is a smooth, stable flight even through inclement weather. These markers of luxury are available in the all-new Dassault Falcon 10x Rev4.

The largest purpose-built business jet, the Dassault Falcon 10X’s cabin, is about 15 percent larger than those of other ultra-long-range aircrafts such as the Gulfstream 700 or Bombardier 7500. Its cabin height is 6-feet, 8-inches, which is currently the tallest in the industry. Its cabin size is nearly 8-inches wider than the next largest cabin. Owners can use this extra space to customize more generous sleeping and showering spaces or install bespoke entertainment and lounge areas in their aircraft. Boasting windows around 50 percent bigger than those of the Falcon 8X, the Falcon 10X leads business jets in this aspect, which helps brighten the entire cabin during the daytime.

The Falcon 10X may not be as large as some Boeing or Airbus jets, and because of this, it can land in smaller airports, even those that do not have specialized ground equipment or ramp space to accommodate airliners.

Although the term ‘all-new’ is often thrown around lightly, the 10X is indeed built from the ground up to realize Dassault’s objectives. While some newer jet models are merely re-winged, upgraded then relaunched existing models, Dassault wiped the drawing board clean and engineered the Falcon 10X from scratch.

The aircraft is five percent more efficient than its predecessor, BR725, and can accept 100 percent sustainable aviation fuels. It is easy to operate in small airports, as its tip-to-tail length is 109-feet, 7-inches. That is about 3-inches shorter than a G700. While previous Falcons were optimized around long-range cruise of .80 Mach, The Falcon 10 X has a high-aspectratio wing new aerodynamics and is optimized for 7,500 nm range at Mach .85m with a top speed of Mach .95. Thus, the 10X can conquer long distances such as Tokyo to London nonstop.

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The 10X’s take-off distance is estimated to be less than 6,000-feet and the landing distance to be less than 2,500- feet, and it possesses excellent steep approach capability. Its user-friendly and spacious flight deck incorporates fewer switches ad more touchscreens. Its dual HUDs and FalconEye allow pilots to conduct future EVS-to-land operations with zero ceiling. Like previous Falcon models, the 10X is manufactured in Little Rock, Arkansas, where veteran engineers apply their savoir-faire, cutting-edge digital production techniques, and keen attention to detail. This highly anticipated feat of engineering integrates the safety features of the legendary Rafale fighter. With the Falcon 7X, Dassault introduced the first digital flight controls, which were further refined in the Falcon 8X and Falcon 6X. The Falcon 10X’s digital flight control system simplifies power management from flying efficient climb and descent profiles to resolving one=engine-inoperative scenarios. It is also equipped with an automatic recovery mode in the wake of a turbulence encounter or other upset scenarios.

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Its 3,000-ft pressure altitude while cruising at 41,000-ft is the lowest cabin pressurization in the industry, and its humidification introduces 100 percent pure airflow through a new filtration system that removes pollutants and ozone. Cabin air from ceiling and floor vents ensures even temperatures throughout the height and width of cabins. Meanwhile, different temperatures can also be customized in four distinct zones of the Falcon 10X.

A powerful pair of Rolls Royce Pearl 10X engines supply 18,000 pounds of thrust each. The Falcon 10X is also the first Falcon to have a T-tail, significantly reducing the drag for the twin-engine aircraft at high cruise speeds. To negate turbulence, strong and flexible wings work in tandem with Dassault’s advanced digital flight control system that adapts to gusts by making small and rapid responses.

Fitted with high-life devices that improve low-speed performance, the Falcon 10X’s wings have two large flaps, four slats, and three spoilers each. Made with the same technology as the acclaimed Rafale fighter’s wings, these state-of-the-art wings are crafted entirely from carbon fiber composites – another first in business aviation.