Many beyond the immediate Dassault Falcon Jet family mourned the April 25 passing of the company’s long-serving chief pilot and director of aviation, G. Edison Allen. The Georgia-born pilot–known to all as Ed–gave Dassault 30 years of his life and made numerous friends and admirers along the way.
This year will be one of the best that Dassault has ever had with its Falcon business jets. As of late October, the French manufacturer had chalked up firm orders for 112 Falcons and taken options for another 101, smashing last year’s record of firm orders for 90 Falcons.
France’s prime business aviation gateway is set to pass the next stage in its ongoing redevelopment when a new executive terminal opens at Paris Le Bourget Airport on June 30. A former maintenance facility building has been completely renovated and refurbished in a $8.5 million makeover.
French aerospace firms Dassault Aviation and Onera have signed an agreement to work on research and development that rekindle Dassault’s interest in possibly developing a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). Onera is an aircraft design testing specialist. The agreement covers business aircraft, including the Falcon family and an SSBJ.
Dassault’s rollout on July 19 of the first Falcon 2000EX was a relatively quiet event, with little more than the weather to provide any semblance of drama. There was no flashy new paint job or band to provide music. And the tiny crowd consisted of little more than several dozen employees and members of the media. Even Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation’s chairman, had more pressing affairs.
Remote-controlled model specialist Aviation Design has started offering 1/7th model kits of the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet and expects many of the customers to be pilots of full-size aircraft. EBACE Convention News was able to see the E10,000 ($15,500) model flying at Lausanne airport, on the north side of Lake Geneva, on Sunday.
The European General Aviation Manufacturers Association (EGAMA) was launched at EBACE’07 in a bid to more closely coordinate the industry’s interests at a European level.
Dassault Aviation is here at EBACE talking about new equipment options it has in the works or has already completed for its Falcon business jets, and is explaining what it is doing to speed up Falcon 7X completions.
AIN has learned that Dassault has reduced the size of the Falcon 7X-dedicated facility extension the company plans to build at its Bordeaux-Mérignac plant. In September, Dassault announced plans for an 18-position assembly hall. The plant was to be built in two phases for a total area of 290,000 sq ft (excluding offices).
At its Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris, Dassault began presenting its 2001 results with military precision at 9 a.m. sharp on March 6. This was almost ironic as the manufacturer, still famous for its Mirage and Rafale fighters, confirmed its main business is now Falcon business jets, which accounted for 76 percent of last year’s revenues.