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.
Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.
FAA airworthiness directive AD 2014-16-21, effective October 2, will require operators of Dassault Falcon 7X trijets to replace certain pintle pins in the left- and right-hand main landing gear. The agency found that some pintle pins in the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear had been incorrectly corrosion-protected, which could cause them to shear under normal load and lead to collapse during takeoff or landing.
Dassault Falcon Jet is investing in a major expansion of its Sorocaba maintenance facility over the next few months “to better accommodate the demands of Brazilian and other South American customers.” The expansion of the Dassault Aircraft Services-Sorocaba facility will add 10,000 sq ft (929 sq m) of hangar space, significantly boosting the existing 23,000-sq-ft (2,137-sq-m) building and “reinforcing our ability to serve the anticipated demand,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet.
Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) will this week start installing the first set of its high-Mach blended winglets on a Brazilian-registered Dassault Falcon 50. An existing U.S. FAA supplemental type certificate has been approved by Brazil’s ANAC agency. The U.S. company received FAA approval for the modification earlier this year.
Dassault Aviation received orders for 38 Falcons in the first half of this year while delivering 25, CEO Eric Trappier announced on Friday in Paris. The orders were worth €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion), a 29-percent increase over the same period in 2013 and a continuous improvement since the first half of 2011.
EASA has given approval to DC Aviation to expand its maintenance capabilities to include the Bombardier Challenger 604/605. Through its facility at Dubai World Central, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, the joint venture between DC Aviation and Al-Futtaim, can now offer line maintenance support to customers operating the Challenger as well as the Airbus A320 series and Bombardier Global Express.
Dassault continues to expand the Falcon series, launching the new ultra-long-range 8X at the EBACE show on May 19 just seven months after unveiling the 5X at last October’s NBAA Convention. The 8X is a derivative of the 7X trijet, introducing a longer fuselage and 6,450 nm range, a gain of about 500 nm on the 7X.
Ruag Aviation and Lausanne-based design house Yasava Solutions have joined forces to deliver an innovative design concept known as Astral. Intended for large-cabin business aircraft such as the Dassault Falcon 7X, Bombardier Globals and Embraer Lineage, Astral is currently being applied to a Global 6000. The cabin design, with an accent on 21st century luxury, is being showcased at EBACE at the Yasava exhibit (Booth 3439).
Opus Aeronautics is exhibiting a 2011 Falcon 7X on the EBACE static display that is for sale for $43.8 million. The aircraft has logged 660 hours, a modest flight time for a two-year-and-a-half old long-range business jet. The 7X has been on the market for just three weeks, the company said.
The Falcon 7X, registered M-INER, has had its cockpit upgraded to EASy II avionics and FANS capability. It is also equipped with a head-up display and enhanced vision system.
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