Premier Aircraft 50Dash4 Falcon EASA Certified
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Premier Aircraft’s 50Dash4 upgrade of the Falcon 50. Premier Aircraft is a maintenance and modification provider based in East Alton, Ill., and is jointly owned by Yankee Pacific Aerospace and West Star Aviation. In 2007, Premier Aircraft obtained FAA certification for the 50Dash4 upgrade, which includes Honeywell’s conversion of the Falcon 50’s three TFE731-3 engines to the TFE731-4-1C configuration plus “a newly designed engine nozzle, minor nacelle modifications and re-marked cockpit instruments.” The “Dash 4” engines are more robust and fuel efficient and help the Falcon 50 meet FAR Stage 4 and EASA/ICAO Chapter 4 noise regulations, according to the company. Performance improvements include greater takeoff weights in hot-and-high conditions, delivering up to 620 nm more range, cruise speed higher by up to 35 knots, shorter time to climb to 37,000 ft (at ISA +10 degrees C), greater payload, lower noise and carbon emissions, lower Honeywell maintenance service plan costs and longer inspection intervals. Premier Aircraft also added two new distributors for the 50Dash4 mod program, Duncan Aviation and Jet Aviation. Premier Aircraft cofounder West Star Aviation and Jet Aviation sister company Midcoast Aviation are also 50Dash4 distributors.