General & Business Aviation 
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Bruno Ghils

General and business aviation : the novelties of the Bourget 2015

In the field of business aviation, the Salon 2015 offered some interesting new venues in parallel with products, who had their glorious moments, swiftly refurbished to actual standards still attracting potential users or buyers. The group Dassault Aviation, who presented officially its Falcon 5X, just a few days before the Salon du Bourget. This new long range twin engined business jet intends to commend itself as the most ecological jets thanks to Sivercrest, a new generation engine developed by the group Safran and its two companies Snecma and Turbomeca. At the same time, Dassault gave all along the Salon demonstrations with its 8X. The Falcon 8X is without a doubt the new flagship of the Falcon family. This ultra long range aircraft, with a range of 11.945 km, can fly from Paris to Hong Kong or from Las Vegas to Peking without any stop-over. Its cabin, actually the longest of the Falcon family, offers an unequalled level of comfort and an exceptional choice of some 30 possible designs. The Falcon 8X perpetuates the traditions of the family be it by its performances, flexibility, comfort and operating costs. Announced at the EBACE in 2014, the 8X flew for the first time on February 06, 2015 and the first deliveries to customers are due by the end of 2016.

The biggest rival of Dassault within the business aviation is Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, present with recent models such as the G5450 or G650ER, very comparable regarding the performance levels.

Another première at le Bourget was the appearance of the TBM-900 from Socata/Daher. The TBM-900 is a single engine aircraft, direct inheritor of the TBM-850 and can be considered as the fastest single turboprop on the market, combining a classy design and excellent comfort. The aircraft was officially presented on March 12, 2014 and has a cruising speed at flight level 280 of 330 kts with a range of 1730 nautical miles. 130 miles more than its predecessor with the same amount of fuel. This aircraft is the culmination of a program which needed 160.000 hours of research and development with some 200 hours of test flights. It was certified in December 2013 and this little marvel can be yours for 3,7 million dollars. In May 2014, just four months after its certification, 40 orders had already be registered and the delivery of the first six aircraft was due in March 2015

The Austrian manufacturer Diamond was also in Paris with its DA-42 MPP (Multi Purpose Platform), a traditional DA-42 and the DA-50 "Superstar" equiped with an Ukrainian Ivchenko Progress gas turbine.

We had also a Piper Cub present, but completely revised and corrected with actual materials. The Carbon Cub EX was designed by Cub Crafters based at Washington and can be delivered in kit for the amateur-builders.

The E FAN, designed by Airbus Group Innovations, is especially adapted to short missions (30 minutes to 1 hours) as for the training of beginning student pilots, sailplane towing or basic aerobatics. The market for trainer aircraft is evaluated for 21.000 aircraft over 20 years. And on the other hand can this trainer aircraft significantly lower the noiselevels around airports, usually origin of numerous complaints of the population. The construction of the assembly factory is bound to start in 2016 at the airport of Pau-Pyrenées. The project, in which Airbus Group will invest about 20 million euros, will indirectly also create 350 local jobs. Thanks to this factory, Airbus Group tends to test a new production model based on small highly automated production units with the aircraft ready for 2017.

Last novelty of this Salon was the static presentation of the new helicopter H160. The H160, initially called X4, is an helicopter designed by the European manufacturer Airbus Helicopter which should enter service in 2018 following its certification, some three years after its maiden flight on June 13, 2015. This flight, which lasted 50 minutes, was done by testpilot Olivier Gensse and allowed the testing of various parameters such as the mobile biplane and the ultrasonic telemetry system (which replaces the Pitot-tubes). The blades, Blue Edge, are extremely profiled with the extremities strangely looking like boomerangs. This new blade design allows a noise reduction estimated at 50% compared to the actual aircraft and ensuring an increase of the payload by some hundred kilos.

Dassault Falcon 2000X (Serge Van Heertum) Dassault Falcon 7X (Serge Van Heertum)
Dassault Falcon 7X (Serge Van Heertum) Dassault Falcon 8X (Serge Van Heertum)
Gulfstream G650ER (Serge Van Heertum) Gulfstream G650ER (Serge Van Heertum)
Daher - Socata TBM 900 (Serge Van Heertum) Paris Airshow première (Serge Van Heertum)
Comfortable pilot office (Serge Van Heertum) Luxury cabin (Serge Van Heertum)
Diamond DA-50 "Superstar" (Serge Van Heertum) Equipped with Ivchenko Progress gas turbine (Serge Van Heertum)
Diamond DA-42 "Guardian" observation version (Serge Van Heertum) Diamond DA-42 (Serge Van Heertum)
Pilatus PC-12 New Generation (Serge Van Heertum) 75 years of Swiss excellence (Serge Van Heertum)
Pilatus PC-21 good for military or civilian market (Bruno Ghils) Piaggio P.1180 "Avanti II" new generation (Serge Van Heertum)
Issoire APM 30 "Lion" (Serge Van Heertum) Clear and modern dashboard (Serge Van Heertum)
Issoire APM 40 "Simba" (Serge Van Heertum) Issoire APM 30 "Lion" (Serge Van Heertum)
Carbon Cub EX (Bruno Ghils) Full carbon avalaible in kit (Serge Van Heertum)
Edgley EA-7 "Optica" from mid 1970's  (Serge Van Heertum) Not a new aircraft, but a wonderful restauration (Serge Van Heertum)
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-400 "Twin Otter" (Serge Van Heertum) Dornier - Ruag Do-228 New Generation (Serge Van Heertum)
Vulcanair (former Partenavia) P.68R (Serge Van Heertum) A surveillance Tecnam MMA concept (Serge Van Heertum)
Cirrus SR-22T GTS Platinum (Serge Van Heertum) LH-10 Elipse (Bruno Ghils)
G1 Aviation "Spyl" ULM (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Airbus Group E FAN next generation aeroclub aircraft (Serge Van Heertum) 3 axes ULM "Sensation" (Serge Van Heertum)
Bell Helicopter 407GX (Bruno Ghils) Bell Helicopter 429 WLG (Bruno Ghils)
Airbus Helicopter H160 performed his maiden flight on June 13th 2015 (Serge Van Heertum)

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