As Cessna’s sales representative in the Middle East, Wallan Aviation has naturally operated an all-Cessna charter fleet, but now the company has announced that it is to add two Dassault Falcon 900s to its roster. The aircraft will provide a significant long-range and large-cabin capability.
Dassault Falcon sees demand for business jets recovering throughout the Middle East, thanks to large operators in the region and the increased globalization of commerce. The company expects to deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the next 18 months, expanding the Falcon fleet in the Middle East by 10 percent. More than 60 Falcon business jets already operate in the region.
Dassault Falcon has received EASA approval for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install ADS-B out (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out) on Falcon 50EXs and classic Falcon 2000s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance date set by airworthiness authorities. Both aircraft received similar FAA STC approval within the past year.
Dassault Falcon has established a wholly owned foreign company, Dassault Falcon Business Services (Beijing) Co., in China to represent its business jet brand in the growing market. Jean Michel Jacob has been named as general manager of the subsidiary and John Rosanvallon is its chairman.
Beijing has been chosen as the location site for the Dassault Falcon Customer Service regional headquarters. Scheduled to open early next year, the office will be staffed by local specialists experienced in processing parts orders, warranty claims and FalconCare claims, and include at least two type-rated Falcon pilots to provide jump-seat support to new and existing Falcon customers. Separately, the airframer launched Dassault Falcon Aircraft Services China, a dedicated program with Shanghai Hawker Pacific at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai.
Aviation Partners (API) in September received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its “high-mach blended winglets” on Dassault Falcon 50 series jets. EASA approval is expected to follow by year-end, according to Seattle, Wash.-based API (Booth No. 5035) .
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved Dassault Aircraft Services Wilmington to perform airframe and component maintenance on Chinese-registered Falcons. The approval covers the Falcon 7X and includes C-level checks for the Falcon 2000EX/DX/LX EASy and Falcon 900EX/DX/LX EASy. The facility is also approved for inspection, repair, overhaul and modifications of components for air conditioning, communications, fuselage, nacelles/pylons, stabilizers and wings. Work may also be performed at locations in Little Rock, Reno, St.
The FAA is proposing a new airworthiness directive for certain models of Dassault Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Falcon 900, Falcon 900EX and all models of the Falcon 50. It is prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear could cause wing-tank structural failure, resulting in fuel spillage and fire hazard. It would require modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well. The FAA is taking comments until November 26.
Beijing has been chosen as the location for the Dassault Falcon Customer Service regional headquarters. Scheduled to open early next year, the office will be staffed by local specialists experienced in processing parts orders, warranty claims and FalconCare claims, and include at least two type-rated Falcon pilots to provide jump-seat support to new and existing Falcon customers.
Elliott Aviation has hired Joe Daugherty to be the MRO provider’s paint and interior sales director. Previously he spent 26 years in aircraft modification and sales, and was most recently the modification sales manager at StandardAero in Springfield, Ill. During his career, Daugherty helped develop the Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 interior retrofit program with Garrett Aviation, helped develop and market new interior shell panels and design configuration for the Falcon 900 and has won multiple awards as top sales performer.