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October 21, 2013 - 10:10pm
Steve Ridolfi and Kenn Ricci

Flexjet, which will soon be owned by Directional Aviation Capital, doubled its firm order for Learjet 85s yesterday at NBAA 2013. This latest transaction puts the Flexjet order at 115 firm aircraft from Bombardier (Booth No. N5731)– including 60 Learjet 85s–and options for 150 more. If all of the options are exercised, this brings the order value total to $5.6 billion

October 21, 2013 - 7:20pm

Many of the usual suppliers for Dassault aircraft have been selected for the 5X, although Héroux-Devtek will be the landing gear supplier (Messier Dowty provides the 7X gear). The nosegear will have a “dual-chamber, for comfort.”

Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, is providing the electrically started APU (“easy start, all the time”), with Thales AES supplying the new starter-generator system.

October 21, 2013 - 7:10pm
The cabin volume of the 5X is 1,770 cu ft compared to 1,550 cu ft on the 7X

“We have worked a lot to define the volume and to look at how the 7X is used for long flights, to find the most comfortable and efficient way to use [the new 5X],” said Olivier Villa, Dassault senior v-p for civil aircraft.

The cabin volume of the 5X is 1,770 cu ft compared to 1,550 cu ft on the 7X. The unfinished cabin interior height is 78 inches, which is four inches more than the 7X/900LX, and the maximum width is increased by 10 inches.

October 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
The jet will have a range of up to 5,200 nm (with eight passengers, three crew, NBAA IFR reserves at ISA and full fuel).

Dassault Aviation, the French business aircraft and fighter manufacturer, launched its all-new Falcon 5X yesterday here at NBAA. A twin-engine, Mach 0.8, fly-by-wire business jet powered by Snecma’s new Silvercrest engine, the 5X is scheduled to fly before mid-2015, with certification and entry into service following in the first half of 2017.

October 21, 2013 - 6:45pm
The new winglets are actually a modification of existing winglets on BBJs and make use of existing wing structure to add a split-tip and a lower dorsal fin.

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ, Booth No. 2304, Static) yesterday revealed more details about its line of fuel-efficient and longer-range BBJ Max single-aisle bizliners here at the NBAA show, while also announcing a new “Split Scimitar” winglet retrofit for existing BBJs, in cooperation with Aviation Partners.

October 21, 2013 - 6:40pm

After years of trying, Airbus (Booth No. C11606) has cracked the U.S. VVIP charter market with the first sale of an ACJ318 here, which Airbus believes will significantly increase the visibility of Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) in the U.S. The aircraft will be based at Jet Aviation Flight Services in Van Nuys, Calif., one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world, where it will be operated for an undisclosed owner and for Part 135 charter.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Dassault Aviation revealed details of its long-awaited SMS jet today at the NBAA Convention, along with a new name: the Falcon 5X. Development of the jet, which will be powered by two Snecma Silvercrest engines, is well under way, with first flight scheduled for the first half of 2015 and entry-into-service two years later.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Embraer Executive Jets unveiled a new version of its flagship business jet–the Lineage 1000–today at the NBAA convention. The 1000 E-model comes with extended range, an enhanced interior with the latest-generation cabin entertainment system and new cockpit options.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Boeing Business Jets gave more details about its line of fuel-efficient and longer-range BBJ Max single-aisle bizliners today at the NBAA Convention. Looking forward, the new BBJ Max 8 and BBJ Max 9 are designed to replace the current BBJ2 and BBJ3, respectively, and feature significant range improvements, thanks mostly to new CFM Leap engines and advanced winglet technology.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Gulfstream Aerospace said today at NBAA 2013 that its G650 broke the westbound, around-the-world record for a non-supersonic aircraft, making the trip in 41 hours 7 minutes. This bested the previous record by about four hours. With just three fuel stops, the G650 averaged 568.5 miles per hour over the 20,310-nm trip in early July. Tom Horne, Gulfstream senior experimental test pilot, served as pilot-in-command for the record flight; he was accompanied by Gulfstream pilots Bud Ball, John McGrath, Ross Oetje and Eric Parker.

 
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