Dassault launches the Falcon10X as the newest model in the Falcon Jet product line The 10X is aimed at leapfrogging the Gulfstream G700 and Bombardier Global 7500 at the top of the market. It incorporates and leverages new technology in virtually every aspect of aircraft design. Here’s the presentation.
The aircraft is a true intercontinental business jet, with a maximum range of 7,500nm at M0.85 with 8 passengers and 4 crew, using NBAA/IFR reserves. The aircraft has a maximum speed of M.925. It can utilize runways with under 6,000 feet. The 10X has a landing distance of 2,500 feet and will be cleared for a steep approach into difficult airports, including London City. The maximum ramp weight will be 115,400 pounds with a maximum takeoff weight of 115,000 pounds and a maximum payload of 6,500 pounds.
Eric Trappier, CEO at Dassault spoke about how the aircraft derived from customer inputs. “Customers start with range, and want an ultra-long range Falcon, and it is also comfort, as you need to feel at home on a long flight.” With the 10X, Dassault has ticked all the boxes of what customers have requested, both in terms of performance, comfort, and technology.
The interior of the 10X differentiates itself from its competition, being wider and taller than any business jet flying today. The cabin width is 9 feet 6 inches, and a height of 6 feet 8 inches. This enables lateral and longitudinal movement within the cabin. The cabin is 53 feet 10 inches long, excluding cockpit and crew rest areas, enabling a 4-lounge configuration plus a large bathroom.
Multiple interior combinations are available as is typical for aircraft of this class. A standard four-compartment configuration is shown in the diagram below:
The 10X has the lowest cabin altitude of any business jet, 3,000 feet at FL410. New-generation ozone/VOC filters provide pure air in the cabin, which has 38 extra-large windows. The cabin will be the quietest ever designed in aviation.
The Falcon 10X also differentiates itself in the use of advanced technology. The cockpit is exceptionally modern in every respect. The 10X uses breakthrough technologies like the first high definition HUD utilizing both synthetic and enhanced vision that enables landing in bad weather to a single throttle control operating both engines. Smart side-stick control and digital flight control system provide true use of enhanced vision systems to land the aircraft. The DFCS also has a protection feature so that if disoriented or in the event of wake turbulence, pilots can push a button and the aircraft will automatically recover to a safe altitude and speed, a technology transferred directly from the Rafale fighter.
The aircraft has a next-generation composite wing incorporating a high sweep angle and reduced thickness for high-speed operations, combined with the best aspect ratio wing, optimized flap architecture, and Falcon’s traditional moveable slats for enhanced low-speed efficiency and performance.
The aircraft utilizes Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engines, delivering more than 18,000 pounds of thrust. The engine was designed and tested with Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Key design features include new blisk fan technology for greater efficiency, an innovative combustor for lower emissions, and an advanced high-pressure turbine for longer life.
Because the Falcon 10X is a clean-sheet design, rather than an upgraded version of an existing airplane, Dassault incorporates multiple new concepts and technologies into the aircraft. This enables the 10X to leapfrog the competition in terms of comfort, performance, operational efficiencies, and safety.
The Bottom Line:
The Dassault Falcon 10 launch provides formidable competition to the Gulfstream G700 and Bombardier Global 7500 at the top end of the business jet market.