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Dassault's Falcon 7X is the first business jet with a digital flight-control system.
Winner: Dassault Falcon
Dassault Falcon is one of the biggest manufacturers
of large cabin business jets, and is responsible
for selling and supporting Falcon business jets
The company is part of Dassault Aviation, a
leading aerospace company with a presence in
over 70 countries across ve continents. Dassault
Aviation produces the Rafale ghter jet, as well as
the complete line of Falcon business jets.
The company has assembly and production
plants in both France and the United States and
ser vice facilities on multiple continents. It employs
a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout
of the rst Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,000 Falcon
jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide.
e family of Falcon jets currently in production
includes the Falcon 900LX, the Falcon 2000LX and
the Falcon 7X.
The manufacturer won the Business Aviation
award for its agship o ering, the Falcon 7X large-
cabin, long-range business jet. e aircra , o ers a
5,950 nautical-mile range, is the most technically
advanced business jet in the industry and the most
environmentally friendly in its category.
Every element of the life of the Falcon 7X -- from
design to manufacture and maintenance -- was rst
created and simulated in a virtual model of the
aircra , accurate in every detail down to the last
rivet. us, it came as no surprise that the major
components t together perfectly the rst time.
As the rst business jet in the world to use a digital
flight control system, the 7X offers unmatched
performance while maintaining maximum
passenger-comfort levels. The effects of bumpy,
turbulent air are minimized through the system s
auto-trim function, ensuring a smoother, stable,
more comfortable ight.
e 7X s digital ight controls were perfected thanks
to the company s decades of y-by-wire experience in its
Mirage and Rafale ghter programmes.
e system provides the jet with a much broader
ight envelope, giving the pilot the ability to safely
y the aircra to its highest performance levels
without ever compromising the integrity of the
airframe. e Falcon 7X was the rst large-cabin
jet to be simultaneously certi ed by the European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) on 27 April 2007.
Customers bene t from the longest range of any
Falcon business jet, as well as the best fuel-e ciency
in its class.
Furthermore, since its entry into ser vice in 2007,
the 7X cabin has set a new standard for business
jets, with 28 windows that are 10 percent bigger
than previous Falcons. For added comfort, cabin
altitude is kept at a low 6,000 , even while the
aircra is cruising at an altitude of 51,000 , while
an advanced temperature control system maintains
the environment to within one degree Celsius
throughout the cabin.
Internal sound levels have been reduced to 52dB,
thanks to breakthroughs in design, materials and
cushioned engine mounts.
As a testament to its advanced design and superior
performance, the Falcon 7X o ers the most range
and is the largest business jet to receive permission
to y into the challenging London City Airport.
To operate to and from London City Airport, an
aircra must demonstrate exacting performance
in order to approach, land and take-off on the
airport s short runway. It also has to meet strict
environmental standards that manage aircra noise
which was measured in the same category as a much
The aircraft has already been honoured with
other industry awards. It won the Bendix Award for
Aviation Safety from the Flight Safety Foundation
for its EASy ight deck, while the 7X development
team won an Aviation Week Laureate award.
Furthermore, Dassault Falcon and BMW Group
Designworks USA were both recently awarded the
prestigious Good Design award for 2009 by e
Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre
for Architecture Art Design for their successful
collaboration on the new Falcon 7X interior option.
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