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History of the Falcon 900

Dassault’s Falcon 900 trijet is a larger development of the Falcon 50. The Falcon 900 has a wide variety of variants, the first of which was produced in 1984. Compared to the Falcon 50, the original Falcon 900 has a cabin almost 10 feet longer, five inches taller, and a foot and a half wider. [...]

By | 2017-12-21T15:04:28+00:00 December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Flight Training with Brooke Banglesdorf: Part III

After nine lessons in flight school, Brooke is nearing one of her most important accomplishments: her first solo flight. At this point, she’s simply waiting until her flight instructor gives her the go-ahead. “I’m on lesson nine right now, which is my solo lesson, so I’m just waiting around until Tim says I’m ready to [...]

By | 2017-12-13T15:42:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Falcon: 5X-8X

Falcon 5X Dassault’s Falcon 5X isn’t set to hit the market until 2020, but it made its first flight in July 2017. The 5X is being marketed as the “biggest, most advanced Falcon yet,” pushing its 6’6” cabin height, .90 Mach top speed, impressive range and runway capabilities while achieving the “lowest fuel consumption in [...]

By | 2017-11-30T17:41:46+00:00 November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Falcon: 50, 100, & 200

Falcon 50 The Falcon 50, first delivered in 1980, was Dassault’s first trijet, featuring a third engine on top of the fuselage that makes it easy to distinguish on the tarmac. The Falcon 50 has the same fuselage cross-section as the Falcon 20, but is otherwise a completely new aircraft with improved aerodynamics and a [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:25:43+00:00 November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Falcon: 10-20

Falcon 10 Despite its numbering sequence, the Falcon 10 Dassault’s Falcon 10 actually came to market after the Falcon 20. The Falcon 10, originally named the Dassault “Minifalcon,” first came to market in 1974 to satisfy the need for an aircraft in between the larger Falcon 20 and smaller turboprops. The Falcon 10’s cabin is [...]

By | 2017-11-10T14:39:34+00:00 November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Challenger: 850

Challenger 850 In 2003, Bombardier announced a rebrand and modification of Canadair’s CRJ200 regional airliner as a business jet called the Challenger 850. In 2006, Bombardier actually began delivering the 850, its largest Challenger model yet. The goal of rebranding the regional airliner as a business jet was to combine the capabilities of a regional [...]

By | 2017-11-10T11:41:49+00:00 November 8th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Challenger: 300-350

Challenger 300  In 1999, Bombardier announced plans for an aircraft they called the Continental, which would be certified in 2003 as the Challenger 300. The eight-passenger Challenger 300 was designed with the goal of having direct operating costs that are among the lowest in the super mid category. It comes equipped with a supercritical wing [...]

By | 2017-11-10T10:48:59+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Challenger: 604 – 650

Challenger 604  In 1996, Bombardier moved on from the Challenger 601 in favor of the Challenger 604, which comes equipped with more powerful engines, increased fuel capacity, higher takeoff and landing weights, structural improvements to its wing and tail, and an upgrade to Rockwell Collins’ ProLine 4 avionics system. Bombardier also created a militarized version [...]

By | 2017-11-06T09:52:53+00:00 October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

History of the Challenger: 600, 601

Challenger 600 Certified in 1980, the Challenger 600 was based on Bill Lear’s LearStar 600. Canadair was responsible for the production of the Challenger 600 until 1986 when it became a division of Bombardier Aerospace. One of its most unique features is its widened fuselage, allowing for a “walk-about cabin.” It was also one of [...]

By | 2017-11-06T09:52:25+00:00 October 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Flight Training with Brooke Banglesdorf: Part II

Charlie Bravo CEO René Banglesdorf has worked as a woman in a male-dominated industry for decades. Now, her daughter is getting a taste. Brooke is in the midst of flight school at Genesis in Georgetown, Texas, and she’s seeing a side of aviation that not many women get to see. According to Brooke, there isn’t [...]

By | 2017-10-17T17:10:10+00:00 October 17th, 2017|0 Comments
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