Aviation Partners (API) in September received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its “high-mach blended winglets” on Dassault Falcon 50 series jets. EASA approval is expected to follow by year-end, according to Seattle, Wash.-based API (Booth No. 5035) .
Dassault Falcon 20
At the NBAA Convention today, Dassault Falcon introduced yet another new version of its Falcon 2000 super-midsize twin. The new Falcon 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short-field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S. The $32.8 million, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C-powered Falcon 2000LXS will replace the 2000LX when it gains certification in 2014.
The FAA is proposing a new airworthiness directive for certain models of Dassault Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Falcon 900, Falcon 900EX and all models of the Falcon 50. It is prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear could cause wing-tank structural failure, resulting in fuel spillage and fire hazard. It would require modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well. The FAA is taking comments until November 26.
Elliott Aviation has hired Joe Daugherty to be the MRO provider’s paint and interior sales director. Previously he spent 26 years in aircraft modification and sales, and was most recently the modification sales manager at StandardAero in Springfield, Ill. During his career, Daugherty helped develop the Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 interior retrofit program with Garrett Aviation, helped develop and market new interior shell panels and design configuration for the Falcon 900 and has won multiple awards as top sales performer.
Dassault has begun cutting metal for its still-under-wraps Falcon super-midsize (SMS) business jet. The first parts reportedly are being manufactured for testing purposes at its Argenteuil factory northwest of Paris.
A cockpit subassembly will be used for bird-strike trials, and leading-edge slats will undergo de-icing tests. In addition, a testbed is being readied for the fuel system.
The 200th Falcon 7X has rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France and is slated to enter the cabin completions process this week, the French aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow. While most 7Xs are outfitted at the company’s Little Rock, Ark. facility, this one will be completed in Bordeaux.
As of early April, the Falcon 2000S had completed its first year of flight testing, having logged “nearly 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights,” according to Dassault, and the flight testing confirmed the twinjet’s expected performance. Some 2000S design features include inboard slats and an autobrake system, which combine to facilitate shorter landings. Dassault is planning to have the $25 million Falcon 2000S certified for steep approaches at airports such as London City.
Dassault Aviation received net orders for 36 Falcons last year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said in March during the company’s annual presentation in Paris, noting a major improvement over 2010, when cancellations took the net total to minus nine. The 2011 orders represented a value of €1.93 billion ($2.5 billion), and the Falcon backlog now stands at €4.2 billion ($5.5 billion).
The Falcon 2000S has completed its first year of flight testing, having logged “nearly 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights,” Dassault announced yesterday. The twinjet so far has confirmed its “expected performance.”
Features include inboard slats and an autobrake system that allow shorter landings.
Since the Falcon 2000’s introduction in 1996, Dassault has debuted several variants that built on its winning formula of combining a good-sized cabin, attractive fuel economy and range, plus pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.