Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) on April 1 officially began operations from Farnborough Airport, the main European business airport rival to Paris Le Bourget, which serves as DFS’s headquarters. DFS president Christian Sasso told AIN that his company has taken an office at Farnborough and that DFS already has a Falcon 900EX registered in the UK.
Dassault Falcon 50
Dassault Falcon Jet has completed the approval process to certify CAE SimuFlite’s Falcon 2000 maintenance program. CAE SimuFlite is the first training partner to meet Dassault’s expanded instructor and training program requirements for the aircraft, contained in the Dassault Falcon Training Policy Manual (FTPM). CAE SimuFlite intends
to expand the FTPM process to other Falcon types this year.
Premier Aircraft has received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its Falcon 50-4 engine upgrade, and that approval is bringing in some cabin refurbishment work.
According to Jim Swehla, president of the East Alton, Ill. company, the first two Falcon 50s in the shop are also having cabin refurbishment work done during the two-week downtime for the Falcon 50-4 upgrade.
Premier Aircraft received supplemental type certification of its engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50, designed to improve performance and fuel specifics. The East Alton, Ill. company–formed by Premier Air Center in East Alton and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, a Rye, N.H., aviation investment and business development company–launched the Falcon 50 Dash 4 program in May 2005, originally expecting to receive the STC one year ago.
Dassault Aviation confirmed at its annual results briefing in Paris last month that it will launch a super-midsize Falcon, probably next year.
Changes to the Dassault Falcon 7X, now in flight test, could increase its range to as much as 6,000 nm at Mach 0.80, Dassault Aviation said today. The current guaranteed range of the 7X is 5,700 nm, but Dassault is currently evaluating several range-boosting enhancements, including Dassault-designed winglets.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., received an STC for its engine upgrade program for the Falcon 50, expected to result in improved performance and better fuel specifics. The program will convert the original Falcon 50 TFE731-3 engine to a TFE731-4 to provide the “Falcon 50-4” with longer range, increased hot-and-high performance, better climb capability and higher cruise thrust than the basic aircraft, according to Premier Aircraft.
Dassault last month spectacularly bridged the gap between virtual reality and reality when it unveiled the first assembled Falcon 7X business jet at its Bordeaux Mérignac factory in southwest France. The February 15 event highlighted the fully digital design and manufacturing processes (see page 50) of the 5,700-nm-range trijet.
Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said yesterday that the company ended last year with record sales for 123 Falcon business jets–the first time the company has sold more than 100 Falcons in a single year, “and this without the benefit of multiple sales to fractional providers.” At the end of last year, Dassault said it had a total backlog of more than 200 aircraft.
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock, Ark., completion center on December 12 accepted the first Falcon 7X (S/N 05) for completion. The world’s first purpose-built fly-by-wire business jet is slated for delivery to its European-based customer in the second quarter.