The EASA today grounded the Dassault Falcon 7X, via an emergency Airworthiness Directive, following a runaway pitch trim event experienced in one of the trijets yesterday during descent. According to the EASA, the crew successfully recovered the aircraft to a stable flight profile and performed an uneventful landing.
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Dassault entered the world corporate jet market in 1963 with the launch of the highly successful Falcon 20 midsize twin. The OEM’s current lineup includes the widebody series 900, 2000 and 7X, and a new super-midsize jet announced for 2016.
Dassault unveiled its latest Falcon business jet today here in Geneva on the eve of the EBACE show. The new Falcon 2000S is very much aligned with the tough economic times, being a lower cost derivative of the Falcon 2000 that replaces the slow-selling Falcon DX, and may even compete with competitors’ smaller super-midsize jets.
Dassault has ceased production of its Falcon 2000DX and Falcon 900DX, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed at the company’s annual press conference on March 17. Another company official explained to AIN that the small market for the airplanes–only a handful are produced each year–did not justify their continued production. The DX letters designated shorter-range versions of the Falcon 2000 and 900, offered at a hoped-for attractive price.
Speaking at Dassault’s annual press conference today, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed that the company has ceased production of two slow-selling business jet models–the Falcon 2000DX and 900DX. Another company official explained to AIN that their production rate–only a handful per year–was not justified from a business perspective. Therefore, remaining in production are the Falcon 2000LX, the Falcon 900LX and the Falcon 7X.
Dassault Aviation conducted a "successful" flight test to evaluate laminar wings for large business jets. The flight was performed at the companyπs flight-test center in Istres, France, using a Falcon 7X equipped with an infrared camera to measure differences in surface temperatures between laminar and turbulent areas of the horizontal tailplane.
Although few details are available about Dassault’s super-midsize SMS Falcon, the company is aiming for certification in 2016, according to Olivier Villa, senior vice president for civil aircraft. When the twin-engine SMS was launched in January 2008 it was slated to be powered by the Rolls-Royce RB282.
Dassault Aviation recently conducted a “successful” flight test to evaluate laminar wings for large business jets. The flight was performed at the company’s flight-test center in Istres, France, using a Falcon 7X equipped with an infrared camera to measure differences in surface temperatures between laminar and turbulent areas of the horizontal tailplane.
William Fox, 68, a long-time employee of Dassault Falcon Jet, died on November 16 in Mountain Home, Ark. An Air Force veteran, he served 32 years with the airframer as an electrical engineer before his retirement.
Dassault has downplayed last week’s newspaper quotes by John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon’s CEO, regarding the company’s partnership plans in China. Rosanvallon commented in French financial daily La Tribune about discussions with airframer Avic on the possibility of cooperation on an indigenous business jet design or a local Falcon final assembly facility.