Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that is expected to see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province.
Dassault has completed the first C-check on a Falcon 7X, thus gathering useful experience for future overhauls on the type. The C-check is the largest maintenance event on the Falcon 7X and is due every eight years or 4,000 cycles, whichever occurs first.
Duncan Aviation is installing a Honeywell Aerospace Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS) in a Falcon 50EX in conjunction with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 retrofit and full interior completion. Ovation Select allows passengers to control both in-flight entertainment and environmental conditions–including lighting, seats, temperature, galley and window shades–with a touch-screen interface.
Dassault Falcon Jet (Booth 2651) launched a new AOG (aircraft on ground) response program at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday. The customer-support program will use two company-owned Falcon 900s as rapid-response aircraft; one based at Teterboro in New Jersey and the other at Le Bourget in France.
For the Falcon 5X, Dassault has taken a fresh look at manufacturing, especially for the wings. The PLM v6 version of the Dassault Systèmes Catia design tool has allowed further progress.
Dassault is preparing to fly two new Falcons–the Falcon 5X twinjet and the Falcon 8X trijet, both large-cabin business aircraft–in the first half of 2015. Five test aircraft are thus expected to grace Dassault’s Istres, France ramp by the end of next year. The 5,200-nm Falcon 5X was announced at the 2013 NBAA show and the 6,450-nm Falcon 8X a few months later at EBACE 2014.
Dassault, in May, opened a new showroom at Le Bourget airport, where the customer is now offered 5,400 sq ft not only to see Falcon cabin interior amenities in virtual reality but also to touch and feel veneer, carpets, tableware, seats, displays, sound systems and so forth. The company sees it as a major complement to the Falcon 5X cabin mockup and the three demonstration aircraft–one Falcon 7X, one Falcon 900LX and one Falcon 2000S–housed in a neighboring hangar.
Aircraft service provider Duncan Aviation (Booth 208) has introduced what it calls the On-Target Turntime program. The goal: “getting customers back in the air faster” and ensuring accurate completion times for maintenance and repair work.
The first project completed under the program was a C-check inspection and due items along with EASy II provisioning for a Dassault Falcon 2000EX. Duncan finished the job in the promised 21 days, a full week faster than its usual time for this inspection.
Dassault celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Falcon 900’s maiden flight this month. On Sept. 21, 1984, the Falcon 900 made its first flight in Merignac with Hervé Leprince Ringuet and Jérôme Résal at the controls. The Falcon 900 “enjoyed a thundering success among business aircraft buyers, and its power to attract enhanced the company market share,” the company said. Dassault has delivered 160 Falcon 900s and 900Bs worldwide. The current-production Falcon 900EX traces its lineage to these previous models.
Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that would see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province. The certification effort is intended to meet demand in Western China for business jets capable of operating at small high-altitude airports in the region.
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