Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho has partnered with Universal Avionics to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments with an integrated avionics suite offering improved reliability, greater situational awareness and reduced maintenance downtime.
Aviation International News » January 2011
When Congress in 2003 signed off on the Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act–better known as Vision 100–it officially set in motion the Next Generation Air Transportation System (Ngats) plan, which by 2025 would transform the legacy 20th Century communications, navigation and surveillance domains into an operating environment employing the advanced technologies of the future.
Pilots who have problems obtaining Jeppesen charts or believe Jeppesen holds a monopoly on the distribution of IFR approach and en route charts might be interested to know that there are alternatives. Jeppesen isn’t the only game in town, although the company has made an art of crafting its own approach charts and not simply repurposing government charts.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is leading fresh industry demands for a clampdown on illegal charter activity. The campaign wants to make charter customers more aware of the risks they run by flying in aircraft not operated under commercial aircraft operating certificates (AOCs). It also wants authorities to be more aggressive in catching those operating illegally.
TAG Aviation Asia and China First Mandarin Group (CFMG) signed a preliminary joint-venture agreement to serve the business aviation market in Asia with aircraft charter, management and maintenance services at last month’s Meba Convention. The agreement will be finalized when the Chinese government issues its approval, which is anticipated early this year, according to Robert Wells, CEO of TAG Aviation Holding.
The technology in Embraer’s newest business jet series, the Legacy 450 and 500, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer. “We are flying this airplane before first flight a lot more than we did with the E170,” he said.
From a distance, the exterior of the Dassault Falcon 900LX–F-WWFB–reminded me of a lady caught without her makeup when I saw her sitting on the ramp outside Epps Aviation at Atlanta's Peachtree Airport (PDK).
Dassault is working steadily toward a certification date of 2016 for its much anticipated super-midsize (SMS) Falcon business jet, Olivier Villa, Dassault's senior vice president for civil aircraft, told AIN at last month's Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai. Launched in January 2008, the twin-engine SMS is intended to be the successor to the out-of-production three-engine Falcon 50.
Air charter in the Middle East has shown strength in the face of the global market decline of the past year, according to data recently released by Avinode, the online air charter marketplace and information company.
Jet Aviation launched a refurbishment program for Dassault Falcon 2000 cabin interiors. The new Jet Falcon interior is available in three designs: classic, style and fashion, all of which make use of standardized and modular processes, including preproduction of materials, to minimize downtime and cut costs.