(Teterboro, New Jersey, July 20, 2010) – Dassault Falcon has agreed to make data from its Falcon 10 business jet available as an educational resource to student engineers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in a collaboration aimed at bringing engineering students and industry closer together.
A memorandum of understanding was signed July 1 at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus by Lionel De La Sayette, senior vice president, Dassault Aviation, and Christina Frederick-Recascino, vice president for research at Embry-Riddle.
“Dassault Falcon is proud to collaborate with Embry-Riddle on this unique multi-year project,” said De La Sayette. “This endeavor is sure to be fulfilling to the future innovators of the aerospace industry.”
Working in teams with Embry-Riddle faculty and Dassault engineers, the students will use the data to develop new ideas and improvements for legacy aircraft like the Falcon 10, which has been in service for three decades. They will also conduct studies to reduce the Falcon 10’s “flight print,” an environmental impact measurement much like a carbon footprint, looking at issues such as noise reduction, maintenance costs, and instrumentation and cockpit redesign.
“We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Dassault, a world leader in aviation,” said Frederick-Recascino. “It will help our students develop the research and project management skills needed to allow them to excel in their future careers.”
The research collaboration with Dassault enhances Embry-Riddle’s growing “green engineering” expertise. Projects being conducted at the university include: design of an aircraft to fly more than 100 m.p.h., reach 4,000 feet, and achieve more than 200 passenger miles per gallon; testing of non-leaded renewal bio-fuel for general aviation aircraft; engineering of a hybrid automobile; and engineering of wind turbines, as well as floating turbines to harness energy from the Gulfstream current.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona Beach, Fla., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 170 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.
Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets—the Falcon 900EX EASy, 900LX, and the 7X—as well as the twin-engine 2000LX. For more information, visit www.dassaultfalcon.com.
Embry-Riddle is part of a consortium that was awarded a three-year $14.5 million grant in July to establish the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP).
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