Dassault has just received U.S. and European certification for the Falcon 900LX large-cabin business jet, a leggier version of the 900EX. Thanks to its blended winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Inc., the Falcon 900LX features a 4,750-nm range. New city pairs for the trijet now include New York to Moscow and Mumbai to London.
Aviation Partners Inc.
Winglet Technology received EASA STC approval for its elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation X. Just days after this announcement was made at Ebace last month, Cessna’s Wichita service center delivered the first European-registered winglet-equipped Citation X. This brings to 11 the total number of Citation Xs to receive the winglets, with more aircraft currently being modified at Cessna’s Wichita service facility.
This week’s gathering here in Geneva is the tenth staging of the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). Yesterday’s edition of EBACE Convention News explained how the show quickly captured the industry’s imagination in its first four years. Today, AIN picks up the story in 2005 and runs through the highlights of shows from the second half of the last decade.
BLR Aerospace’s latest product, winglets for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 90 series twin turboprop, received certification in March by authorities in the U.S., Europe and Brazil. The new winglets are currently available for all King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi models. BLR expects to receive certification shortly for a winglet package designed to fit earlier King Air C90 and C90E models as well.
Aviation Partners and Aviation Partners Boeing said their blended winglet technology has saved airlines and private jet operators from burning two billion gallons of jet-A. This represents a global reduction in CO2 emissions of almost 21.5 million tons, the company said. Aviation Partners winglets are currently flying on more than 3,700 airplanes and 21 different models.
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
Aviation Partners (API) has named West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill.,
Airbus unveiled a much-anticipated advance to its A320 family yesterday when it launched a program to develop new wingtip devices called “Sharklets.” To cost an extra $900,000 installed, the new devices will improve fuel burn on the A320 family by 3.5 percent on “longer” sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of some 730 metric tons per aircraft.
Jet Aviation was recently certified for Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) approval for aircraft registered in Bermuda and the Cayman islands. Management by a CAMO-approved organization has been mandatory in the region since September 2008.
West Star Aviation (Booth No. 2259) has announced its selection as an Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Blended Winglet installation center for the Falcon 2000. According to API, its winglets increase range, save fuel and cut CO2 emissions. West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility is already an installation center for API Blended Winglets for the Hawker 800 series and has completed 30 installations.