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.
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.
Dassault Aviation’s revenues during the first nine months fell 14 percent year-over-year, to €2.229 billion, the result of slightly fewer shipments of Falcons, the French aircraft manufacturer announced today. In the first three quarters, the company delivered 38 Falcons versus 41 in the same period last year.
Though deliveries were down, sales of Falcons during the nine-month period soared by about €1 billion, to €2.910 billion, from a year ago. Dassault sold 67 Falcons from January 1 through September 30, a 63-percent gain on the 41 Falcons sold in the same period last year.
SoCal Jets appointed Marty Owens manager of new business development. Owens will focus on developing the company’s relationships with key accounts and seeking new business opportunities. With more than 27 years of aviation experience, Owens joins SoCal Jets from StandardAero, where he most recently served as director of airframes. Owens was responsible for maintaining relationships with the OEMs for which the company is an authorized service provider.
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.
Rockwell Collins received EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. The Pro Line 21 retrofit features four 10- by 8-inch LCD panels and Waas/Egnos capability, as well as support for electronic charts and graphical weather. The upgrade is also available for the Falcon 50EX. The first installation is scheduled for this summer at a Ruag maintenance facility in Germany. An upgrade for Fans-1/A will be available next year for these Falcons.
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