16/08/2010 Alexander Shvydkin
To live in an era of change - means being able to get used to, otherwise no health is not enough. Here's another news: the first face Russia for the first time in its history will fly on foreign aircraft, specially purchased for this purpose. Decisions of this level are not random, and that means to this news will have to get used to. It is strange that the purchase of two Falcon 7X for the presidential crew did not cry at all angles and do not build the most terrifying guesses. Apparently, the fight with the police and feast with blue buckets on their heads heavily distract from reality. Well, it's for the better. There is an opportunity to discuss the news without hysteria, in the calm quiet of his study, under the chimes. Moreover, there are really talk about.
The first reports about the imminent completion of the Park government riot flashed at the end of last year, in spring Falcon 7X in the color of STC "Russia" with the registration RA-09009 was lit in front of photographers at Le Bourget, and the secret is no longer a secret.
Soon it became clear that some technical details. The decision to purchase two Falcon 7X was taken at the beginning of last year. Aircraft formally introduced in the Russian register of civil aircraft and will fly the flag of STC "Russia", and special ops take them to rent. The aircraft will be used only for working visits to the country's top officials - especially the president and chairman of the Government. With official visits will fly on domestic Il-96, so that the prestige of the sort would not suffer.
But murder will out, and sooner or later will gossip. Although all happened quietly, modestly and with dignity, first impressions are rather contradictory. What is it - a shame powers or sober calculation? It is defined as at least two points of view, and it makes sense to analyze them both. But the first thing to think about: Strange clever minds are working over there, in the Office of the President. A better choice than the Falcon 7X, to date, and is inconceivable.
Summary of the previous series
Jet has at least twice devoted Falcon 7X is ample material, and repeated the next, though deserved, panegyrics somehow awkward. But this aircraft is still worth it, once again, as brief as possible, to designate some of its many virtues and secrets, especially for those who read about the Falcon 7X the first time.
So, what is the Falcon 7X? This flagship model line French company Dassault Aviation and one of the three best business aircraft in the world. To date, category ultradalnih (more than 10 thousand km) business jet is represented by three aircraft: Gulfstream G550, Bombardier Global XRS and the Falcon 7X.
The hero of our story is a higher stage of evolution of a family of French business aircraft Falcon («Falcon"). From the very beginning of its existence (and the first in 1963 was an easy Falcon 20) French business jets have borrowed a lot of military aircraft and even produced in some production lines with fighters. Military technology determine the technical aspect of the Falcon: this is a very reliable resource aircraft with the highest rates of weight efficiency and cost effectiveness and outstanding flight performance. "Falcons" are fairly complex technically and more expensive than the average "classmates", but their price they are studied. Knowingly Falcon jets are kings.
Falcon 7X develops the ideas contained in the Falcon 50 and Falcon 900. Just like the first two aircraft, 7X is equipped with three engines. What does it in practice? Increased reliability and the ability to fly across oceans directly. The fact that two-engine aircraft flying on routes, bent toward the islands, in the event of failure of one engine and loss, respectively, half of the thrust to be able to make an emergency landing. Three and chetyrehdvigatelnye aircraft do not comply with this condition, because it can continue to fly the route.
Three-engined layout gives yet another distinct advantage - the opportunity to overtake the empty plane to repair the two engines in case of failure of one somewhere in Medvezhiegorsk. Two-engine aircraft be repaired on site. But it's not all.
Falcon 7X - the world's first aircraft designed entirely in a virtual environment. Falcon 7X - the world's first civilian aircraft equipped with by-wire control system (EDSU). Why? We explain briefly.
Stable planes are usually not very maneuverable. Maneuverable aircraft are usually not very stable. EDSU were first applied to highly maneuverable fighter aircraft, which were created statically unstable. No EDSU constantly "thruster" in flight control such a plane is impossible. These are the MiG-29, Su-27, Rafale, Raptor and the like.
Falcon 7X - the aircraft is statically stable. Therefore EDSU it used to maximize the aerodynamic capabilities. For example, thanks EDSU, automatically, a safety of flight options, managed to reduce the size of the horizontal tail, which have high-speed supersonic aircraft is very high. Stability function when approaching close to the sound barrier assumed EDSU, and decrease of feathers has markedly reduce aerodynamic drag. And this is just one example.
Falcon 7X - this product XXI century. This is probably the safest in the world of civilian aircraft - a reliable, not only in the purely technical sense, but in terms of the pilot. He cleverly flies. If you compare it with competitors in terms of technology, it turns out Bentley and comparison GAZ-24 Volga. On such a plane can fly anywhere in the world. The ceiling of 15 thousand square meters can jump even tropical storm fronts and straighten lines passing above areas with heavy traffic. Falcon 7X is really the best of the best, this is not an exaggeration.
About Falcon aircraft often joke that Dassault is more concerned about the pilots, than about the passengers. Even if so, what is wrong with that? Security is expensive, but it's worth it. So the choice of the Office of the President is absolutely justified. There is no alternative.
Now consider the acquisition through the prism of moralizing. Shame on whether Russia, the great air power, to haul their president on foreign aircraft, even the best? In general, the shame, of course. Over the decades of civil aviation in the Soviet Union, we are accustomed to, that Soviet leaders are flying on domestic flights. For some time now become the rule: Heads of State demonstrate the success of its aircraft, choosing the "first broadside" domestic aircraft. If his plane for this role is not, can only sign of impotence. We do not know, they say.
The confusion of the situation exacerbated by the fact that the official supplier of aircraft for the presidential squadron is the United Aircraft Corporation, and this has not been canceled. And although the appearance of Falcon 7X in riot veiled guise of lease relationship with a commercial STC "Russia", it looks like a drag.
On the occasion has already started to remember history. As our Air Force began with the British and French airplanes as "Fockers" and "Dornier" blazed the first civil air line of Soviet Russia, built Junkers concession at the factory in Fili, as fought on the American "Ayrakobrah", "Mitchell" and " Boston, as Stalin flew to Tehran for the Douglas C-47. Yes, it's all true. But then there was a progressive development. If the home repairs, and in the fridge mouse hangs, not a sin to borrow a neighbor's salt. But when a wealthy owner of a sudden two rubles to pay requests, fit to think - he took to drink, or what?
So, got married in impotence? Maybe so. But let's be fair: the aircraft with the sum of qualities Falcon 7X in the Soviet Union was not and was not expected. Yes, we were able to make aviation equipment is not worse than in the West generally offset points. But in some ways we always lost: in electronics, in the resource reliability, the effectiveness of the system to maintain airworthiness. Well, we did not have a culture of production, which is visible in every rivet Falcon 7X. None. And full-service aircraft was not, because not our topic. When comparing this service aircraft reworked trunk liner latter always loses.
Shame on you? Ashamed I had in the nineties, when it was still possible to turn the other way of history. Now is the time to ascertain the facts, and the Falcon 7X in the Russian president's special ops nothing more than a statement. Popular wisdom says: nurturing a child, while across the shop is. And if you grew dunce, grieve later. Their chances in the commercial aircraft Russia has missed, and it's time to finally admit it.
Defeatism? Rather, freedom from illusions. Nothing is more dangerous illusions, and we have them now more than enough. It seems that the Russian society must often knock heads in the front part of the reality that more nimbly to think about tomorrow. Falcon 7X in the colors of STC "Russia" will be for all of us a great motivator.
A good aircraft
A plane is good. And the right choice. Even wonder why the elite of the developed world not only flies in the Falcon 50, Falcon 900 and Falcon 7X, but also on other planes that are suitable for this purpose is somewhat less? Well, in every house its own rules, but for Russia Falcon 7X - the best solution. On such a machine can really fly with equal ease and in New York and Tokyo, and Voronezh, and in some hick Nizhneverhovsk with dilapidated airport. From Moscow to the suburbs, without exaggeration. Total versatility.
Judge for yourself: aircraft with a range greater than that of IL-62 and IL-96, the same speed as the Tu-154 takeoff and landing characteristics are about as a Yak-42, known for its ability to use almost the length and quality of the runway. Yes, and three engines. Look-ka in the aviation industry of the USSR and Russia, all these qualities in a plane! Falcon 7X is designed and made almost genius. This is even more than the genius - it's just very, very high-quality work. One of the great said that heroism is more common than in nature. This is about the Falcon 7X.
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And do not say that the president will fly on a plane level of oil a top manager. If oil's top manager Falcon 7X - a kind of grand exit, then the president of a large country aircraft of this class is ideal as a float service - fast, long-range, secure, reliable, efficient and quite comfortable without too much pathos.
There is no doubt that the choice of aircraft affected, and operating experience in Russia of heavy business aircraft Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000, which at one time acquired by the Gazpromavia ". Operating experience is obtained, the experience of interaction with the Russian side Dassault also has not one year is calculated. And you can not say that the French company fabulously lucky. This is not random luck - is the ability to communicate with the public authorities of higher rank, and not only with the Kansas billionaires.
In general, Dassault be congratulated on yet another victory. Suspect that in such cases visionary Marcel Dassault bought at one time in the sunny vineyards of Bordeaux. It is good to drink Bordeaux wine for the success of the Falcon 7X in Russia. And do not be sad and senseless. "Falcon" is not to blame for the fact that he is the best of the best.