Since the Falcon 2000’s introduction in 1996, Dassault has debuted several variants that built on its winning formula of combining a good-sized cabin, attractive fuel economy and range, plus pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
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China’s installed fleet of business jets is still relatively small. But evidence of how quickly this could change came at last October’s International General Aviation Convention (IGAC) held in Xi’an, when no fewer than 35 contracts with a collective value of around $1.5 billion were signed covering general aviation aircraft and investments in associated new businesses.
It can be hard to imagine all the possibilities for fitting out business jet cabins. This has prompted cabin interior and maintenance specialist Lufthansa Technik to develop the technology to give engineers and technicians a three-dimensional glimpse of what’s possible.
The U.S. National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is making a return trip to the Asia Pacific region after a lapse of several years, largely due to the global recession that began in 2008. The first Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) was held here in Shanghai back in 2005, followed by shows held between 2006 and 2008 in Hong Kong.
At the Dassault Falcon-sponsored press luncheon at ABACE 2012, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and vice president of the Shanghai Airport Authority Jing Yiming announced an agreement to hold the Asian Business Aviation show at the Shanghai Hangqaio Airport until 2016.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large cabin of the business jet.
Guam-based aviation services provider Aviation Concepts (Booth B702) has entered an agreement with the Makat Shangri-La Hotel in Manila for the provision of catering services to its charter customers and owners of aircraft under Aviation Concepts’ management.
Last month FlightSafety International and Gulfstream Aerospace opened a new learning center in Hong Kong to serve Asian operators of the G450 and G550 jets. Equipped with a G550 level-D-qualified full-flight simulator that is convertible to a G450, the new facility expects to provide 250 “training events” this year, according to David Davenport, manager of FlightSafety’s Savannah learning center, a key player in defining the Hong Kong facility and its responsible manager now that it is up and running.
Eurocopter (Booth P616) is the only helicopter manufacturer exhibiting here at the ABACE show in Shanghai. In some respects, it is no surprise that it is here because it has strong ties with China. The company is counting on growing civil sales in the country, especially as general aviation is to benefit from a more open airspace at low altitude. It is also deepening its roots in the country, with training, maintenance and production joint ventures.