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Steep Approaches

by John M. White |

Dassault has announced that its new Falcon 7X intercontinental biz jet has been certified for 6 degree approach angles enabling the aircraft to operate out of some of the world's most convenient airports. Biz Jet Efficiency For example, the aircraft could fly from the Continental United States to London and land at the London City Airport. Big deal, you say? Consider that the London City Airport is located in the center of London, eliminating an hour plus drive from an outlying airport. Not only that, but the airport runway at London City is only 4,327 available for landing and 3,944 for takeoff! Pretty cool, eh? But one wonders if the British equivalent of our benevolent TSA would ever allow such an aircraft operation in the heart of London? Other airports that would all at once be available in Europe would include the Lugano, Switzerland airport. Dassault officials stated that the purpose of business aviation is efficiency, and the ability to access these airports enables executives to access meetings in minutes rather than hours, saving precious time. Now I wonder what our friends in Congress think about that? Having destroyed some great flight departments along the way as a price to feed at the public trough, and their attempts to seize control of health care, one wonders if Congress even cares about operating efficiencies? Or perhaps they are more interested in power? Do you suppose ...? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? —it is the same the angels breathe. — Mark Twain, ‘Roughing It,’ Chapter XXII, 1886.

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