The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive–AD 2013-16-02, effective August 21–for the Dassault Falcon 7X after a runway excursion investigation identified a failure of the aircraft’s nose landing-gear position feedback assembly. The unit was found to produce an incorrect angle signal that resulted in an uncommanded nosewheel deflection that could not be controlled by the pilot.
Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority has granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) to StandardAero for installation of the Primus Elite avionics suite developed by Honeywell (Stand 1004) for the Dassault Falcon 900C and Falcon 900EX.
The approval by Brazilian aviation authorities follows receipt of an STC from Transport Canada. Approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency was expected just prior to the opening of LABACE 2013.
Just over 50 years since Dassault Aviation’s first Falcon jet flew in May 1963, the business jet family has never been more crucial to the long-term business of the French manufacturer. Financial results covering the first half of 2013 showed group revenues and profits somewhat dented by factors including a smaller number of Falcon deliveries compared with the first six months of last year (29 aircraft versus 34).
Aviation Partners (API, Stand 1018) is exhibiting for the second time at a LABACE show, according to Gary Dunn, vice president of sales and marketing. While API is highlighting all of its winglet modification programs, in Brazil it is focusing on the market for Falcon jet winglet upgrades. So far, API’s winglet modification for the Falcon 2000 is approved in Brazil, but API is working on adding the Falcon 900 series as well–although there are newer Falcon 900s with factory-equipped API winglets flying in Brazil already.
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft charter and management firm Elit’Avia opened an office in Accra, Ghana. It is currently managing four business aircraft for West African clients–two Bombardier Global 6000s and a Bombardier Global XRS in Nigeria and a Dassault Falcon 2000 in Ghana. Elit’Avia also expects to take delivery of a Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Challenger 605 for West African clients before year-end, which will almost double the size of its fleet in this region.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Dassault Falcon 7X requiring a new procedure in the airplane flight manual. It was prompted by a report of a runway excursion caused by failure of the nose landing-gear position-feedback assembly. The AD is designed to detect and correct an incorrect angle signal causing an uncommanded nosewheel deflection.
StandardAero Business Aviation received Brazilian ANAC approval of its Honeywell Primus Elite (DU-875) STC. This follows approval by Transport Canada, and EASA approval is expected soon. The STC replaces the aging CRT cockpit displays on the Falcon 900C/EX with modern LCD displays. StandardAero developed the original STC in March 2011 and was the first MRO certified to perform the installation of Primus Elite on the Falcon 900C/EX.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Falcon 2000s, 2000EXs, 900s and 900EXs and all Falcon 50s. The AD was prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear could cause wing tank structure failure, which could result in fuel spillage and a fire hazard. This AD requires modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well.
Jet Aviation and Vienna-based Art Aviation have reached an agreement whereby Jet Aviation will serve as the exclusive maintenance provider for Art Aviation’s fleet of aircraft. Founded in 2012, Art Aviation operates two Bombardier Global XRSs, two Global 6000s, a Boeing BBJ1 and a Dassault Falcon 900EX and Falcon 7X. Jet Aviation will provide scheduled base maintenance from its facilities in Basel or Geneva and line maintenance from its Moscow Vnukovo facility.
The market for Dassault Aviation’s Falcons is “still convalescent,” according to the company’s new CEO Eric Trappier. Speaking at the company’s annual press conference back in March, he gave details on the 2012 performance and a conservative market outlook. Then, in April, at the ABACE show in Shanghai, Dassault Falcon Jet CEO John Rosanvallon expressed confidence in Asian sales growth.