Flight International, June 2021

Long rumoured to be developing a rival to the ultra-long-range business jets produced by Bombardier and Gulfstream, Dassault has at last revealed its contender. Due to enter use from 2025, its Falcon 10X boasts the tallest and widest cabin in its class – we detail the key attributes and technological advances promised with the 7,500nm-range twin.

In what would ordinarily have been our industry round-up ahead of the Paris air show, our feature package has updates on the commercial projects of Airbus and Boeing, US defence exports, European fighters and the innovative Racer rotorcraft demonstrator.

Also this issue, our commercial engines special looks at the challenges facing MRO providers when returning stored airliners to use, and the industry’s pursuit of future propulsion systems needed to set aviation on a heading to achieve a zero-emissions future.

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Dassault takes fight to ultra-long-range rivals with Falcon 10X launch

French airframer unveils 7,500nm-range aircraft – its largest every business jet – which will be powered by twin Rolls-Royce engines and feature host of flightdeck innovations alongside a class-leading cabin.

Interview

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International C-130 support deals mean bright future, Marshall defence boss says

Having provided in-service support to the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) tactical airlifter fleet for a remarkable 55 years, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) knew that their relationship on the Lockheed Martin C-130 could not last forever.

Analysis

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Boaz Levy: continuing the turnaround at IAI

New chief executive is a company veteran who has spearheaded several of its successful defence programmes, and takes over when the Israeli state-run group is in the ascendancy.

Special report

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Why the show must go on as Airbus reforms

Airbus has used the pandemic to assess its organisational, manufacturing and development priorities, and believes it will be ready to respond fast when a recovery in demand starts.

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Boeing’s many hurdles on the path to recovery

Boeing executives insist the company has solid plans to address its many challenges, but people who follow the airframer are increasingly eager to understand exactly what that plan entails.

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Biden arms sales policies face new questions, but similarities to Trump and Obama remain

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. That’s more or less the conclusion of analysts watching the first few months of US President Joe Biden’s arms export decisions and policy statements.

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Why Europe’s current fighter rivals are still flying high

Europe’s industry may be embarking on designing its next generation of combat aircraft via two rival projects, but there are lucrative near-term sales targets for its current trio of products.

Engines report

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How air travel crisis will impact MRO business

As the MRO sector looks ahead to the recovery in demand and revenue that should come with rising traffic levels, it is still waiting to see just how deep the impact of the crisis will be

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Environmental need drives aviation’s great engine race

For aviation to achieve zero or near-zero carbon emissions over the coming decades, an entirely new suite of propulsion technologies is critical. The big engine makers say they are more than up to the challenge.

Women in aviation

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How Embraer engineer Luciana Selmi Marques leads the way

For Embraer materials engineer Luciana Selmi Marques, resilience is not only a characteristic of aircraft construction, but also a behavioural trait that she has embraced, and that has become a guiding principle throughout her career.