““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Dassault Seeks 40-percent Fuel Burn Cut by 2020
France-based Dassault is working to have ready for entry into service in 2020 technologies that would reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent compared with fuel burn from current-production Falcons. Among other things, Dassault is considering an all-electric system architecture-eliminating pneumatic and hydraulic systems-that uses smaller power generators. The noise footprint could also be halved, possibly by locating the engines above the tailplane. Additionally, Dassault is endeavoring to make production more efficient.