Dassault Falcon Becomes First OEM to Receive FAA Approval for Both 3D Type Design and Completions Process

By Dassault Falcon, PRNE
Thursday, December 16, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, December 17, 2010 - Dassault Falcon has received approval from the FAA for the use
of 3D data for type design in the completions process of Falcon aircraft. The
approval applies to completions for production aircraft, including the Falcon
900 and 2000 series, as well as the 7X. Dassault previously received approval
for 3D data on the basic design of the Falcon 7X when it was jointly
certified by the FAA and the EASA in 2007, making it the first aircraft to be
fully approved for the use of 3D data throughout the entire manufacturing

"FAA approval for 3D data to be used exclusively throughout
the completions process of Falcon aircraft not only reflects Dassault's
philosophy of utilizing the highest level of technology to increase quality
but also sets a new standard for how airworthiness authorities will accept
and validate new aircraft designs going forward," said John Rosanvallon,
President and CEO of Dassault Falcon.

The 7X was the first Falcon to be designed fully within the
framework of Dassault's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) philosophy. The
program set the groundwork for the incorporation of 3D data from the
manufacturing process through to completions and operations. Key benefits
include greater accuracy during the spec & design process, including the
opportunity for the customer to visualize the final configuration of the
aircraft. Definition of the aircraft specification in 3D also ensures
compatibility of component placement with maintenance activities and a higher
overall quality of the completions process.

The approval process to validate the use of 3D data in
completions activities was the result of nearly two years of collaboration
between Dassault Falcon and the FAA, including more than 60 meetings held
with the agency's three main branches (ACO, MIDO, FSDO). The approval
required Dassault Falcon to develop detailed processes for the use, storage
and long-term retention of 3D data, including disaster recovery plans.
Additionally, Dassault Falcon developed an extensive training program for
those involved in the process.

7X Background

Announced at the Paris Air Show in 2001, the Falcon 7X is the
first business jet with a digital flight control system and was also the
first to be simultaneously certified by both the EASA and the FAA on April
27, 2007
. It features the award-winning EASy Flight Deck and is powered by
three Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines. The Falcon 7X has the longest
range of any Falcon business jet and is the most fuel efficient jet in its
class. Its 5,950 nm range (eight passengers, M.80 with NBAA IFR reserves) can
comfortably connect 95% of the commonly used business aviation city pairs.
The cabin has 28 windows which are 10% bigger than previous Falcons. It also
features a low in-flight cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, even while cruising at
an altitude of 51,000 feet, and an advanced temperature control system that
maintains the environment to within one degree throughout the entire cabin.
Internal sound levels have been reduced to 52 dB which is the result of
breakthroughs in design, materials and cushioned engine mounts.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting
Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a
leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five
continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter 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 service facilities
on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since
the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been
delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in
production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900DX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well
as the twin-engine 2000LX.

    Press Contacts
    Dassault Aviation (France)
    Vadim Feldzer
    Tel. +33-1-47-11-44-13
    Marie-Alexandrine Munoz
    Tel. +33-1-47-11-64-23

    Dassault Falcon (USA)
    Ralph Aceti
    Tel. +1-201-541-45-85
    Andrew Ponzoni
    Tel. +1-201-541-45-88


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Press Contacts: Dassault Aviation (France), Vadim Feldzer Tel. +33-1-47-11-44-13, Marie-Alexandrine Munoz, Tel. +33-1-47-11-64-23, Dassault Falcon (USA), Ralph Aceti Tel. +1-201-541-45-85 Andrew Ponzoni Tel. +1-201-541-45-88

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