GE Aviation has partnered with aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to provide its luxury business jet, the Falcon 10X, with its “state-of-the-art” electrical power distribution system.
The French business and military aircraft manufacturer’s Falcon 10X is set to enter service by the end of 2025.
GE Aviation, an Ohio-based subsidiary of General Electrics, will provide the primary and secondary power distribution system, allowing for “flexibility” in implementing “customer specific configurations”, according to the press release.
The “system is a next-generation design providing significant weight savings over conventional architecture with equipment reduction”, said Brad Mottier, president of systems for GE Aviation.
GE Aviation will provide power distribution to all electrically powered devices in the aircraft, to produce it more evenly and efficiently.
These types of power distributions save on additional components and reduce wiring, cost and weight.
The system will allow for in-service modification and implementation, reducing “development risk” and will save time, according to general manager of power systems at GE, Joe Krisciunas.
“We’re building on decades of experience producing electrical power systems on military and commercial applications,” added Krisciunas.
The Falcon 10X is one of Dassault’s luxury business jet series which debuted in May, worth US$75 million.
It features a range of 7,500 nautical miles and reaches a top speed of Mach 0.925, set to fly non-stop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago.
The Falcon 10X is not alone in its field, competing with Bombardier and Gulfstream’s high-end business jets.
Philip Rushton, president of aircraft sales and acquisition firm Aviatrade, told Business Insider the Falcon 10X is “going to come up with a real game-changer”.
While it is behind the game, with Bombardier’s Global 7500 flying since 2018, Rushton believes it will be able to build on competition rather than fall behind.
GE will utilise its Electric Power Integration Center (EPIC) in Cheltenham in the UK where it will employ the software modelling, simulation and analysis to test the system.
Testing will occur in the EPIC, and GE Aviation will deliver the documentation as part of Dassault’s certification submission to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.