Landing gear up

Messier-Dowty has been chosen to provide the integrated landing gear system for Dassault’s Falcon 7X.

Joint development of the landing gear and associated subsystems has already commenced at Dassault’s facility in St. Cloud, France, under terms of the agreement, which could be worth over $175 million throughout the life of the program for a planned fleet of 400 aircraft.

The 7X was announced at the Paris Air Show in June with first flight expected by the first quarter of 2005 and certification in mid-2006.

Typically, an integrated landing gear system includes subsystems for landing gear control and indication, emergency extension, steering control and brake control, plus electrical harnesses, door mechanisms, actuators, uplocks, wheels, brakes and tyres.

For the 7X, Messier-Dowty has proposed an integrated landing gear system less the brake control system, wheels, brakes and tyres, for which the airframer plans to retain control.