This year’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget provided an opportunity for me to see Dassault’s new Falcon 7X up close before I got my chance at the left seat, alongside Dassault 26-year veteran senior test pilot Yves (Bill) Kerherve, who has since retired from the company. A former French Navy fighter pilot, Kerherve flew the ultra-quiet 7X through a series of maneuvers for the crowd on the opening day of the show.
Aviation International News » August 2007
When Eclipse Aviation founder and CEO Vern Raburn earlier this year declared that a retooled avionics system for the Eclipse 500 very light jet would be tested and certified within four months, many observers were skeptical. More telling, however, was the revelation that Eclipse’s hand-picked supplier team also had doubts about the accelerated timetable.
Rockwell Collins’s high-speed, digital backbone cabin management system has been certified for installation in Dassault’s Falcon line and is being offered as standard equipment on the Falcon 2000EX, 2000DX and 2000LX, the Falcon 900EX and 900DX, and the new Falcon 7X…Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has been appointed by Gulfstream Aerospace as a cabin entertainment equipment supplier.…Nordam has delivered to Cessna the first cabinet
Townsend Leather of Johnstown, N.Y., and Scotchgard Protector from 3M have reached an exclusive agreement that will add “high-performance protective treatments” to Townsend leathers. The Scotchgard Protector treatment is being incorporated into the manufacturing process for much of Townsend’s aniline leather product line and is available for other leathers on request.
European authorities apparently do not share the qualms the Federal Communications Commission and FAA have about the in-flight use of personal cellphones. At the Paris Air Show in June, mobile telephony service provider OnAir announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the airborne GSM equipment that supports OnAir Services for use on the Airbus A318.
In growing numbers, interiors specialists are taking cues from the automotive industry. The latest is German light-jet developer Grob Aerospace, which unveiled the new executive cabin mockup for its Grob SPn utility jet last month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. The interior was designed by Porsche Design Studio of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, with the U.S. market in mind.
Duncan Aviation recently installed in a Challenger a 32-inch LCD monitor, the largest screen the independent completion and refurbishment center has put into a business jet, at its Battle Creek, Mich. facility. According to avionics sales representative Dennis DeCook, it was part of a minor cabin upgrade and the near-flush mount was installed in the aft bulkhead “with a few inches to spare on each side.”
Interiors specialist Fokker Services has selected AlsterAero of Hamburg, Germany, to provide an A319 (ACJ) entertainment and passenger communication system it describes as one of “the most sophisticated and flexible seen” on an executive jet to date. The core of the system is a wireless local area network, on-demand audio/video server, communication server connected to the satcom system and Ethernet switching network.
As of July 1, the state of Indiana can no longer impose a use tax on the value of aircraft temporarily located in the state for refurbishment, maintenance and overhauls.
The price of admission to taking the high road continues to ratchet upward as consecutive quarter-over-quarter activity has been high since late last year. Currently the roster of used aircraft for sale stands at 1,708, about 35 aircraft below the 12-month moving average. Roughly 35 of the 1,708 are aircraft positions, an actively traded segment of the market where sales can carry seven-figure premiums.
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