Dismissing the current downturn as a temporary setback, Dassault is expanding its Falcon service center network, confident that deliveries planned over the coming months and years warrant the addition of several centers, either owned or authorized, according to Dassault’s customer support senior executives.
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Dassault Falcon recently hosted its first Falcon E-Forum. Some 32 Falcon 7X customers from the U.S., France, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and the UK took part in the first Internet-based session. The seminar was developed by the manufacturer to provide an exchange of information and best practices with Falcon operators.
A man who has witnessed just about every step of business aviation’s development over the past four decades finally began a very well earned retirement earlier this year. When Carl Hirschmann set up Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland back in 1967, he not only took over the hangar from the failed holiday charter airline Globe Air, but also that company’s deputy technical director–Elie Zelouf.
After two years of development work, Aviation Partners has achieved European and U.S. approval for “high-Mach” blended winglets on Dassault’s Falcon 2000 family of jets. The Seattle, Washington-based company is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1655) with a freshly minted FAA and EASA supplemental type certificate for the latest modification (FAA STC ST01987SE, obtained on April 16).
Dassault Falcon anticipates a substantial increase in aircraft deliveries this year, but production will be cut and, according to CEO John Rosanvallon, there will be “adjustments” in the coming months in terms of cost-cutting measures.
Dassault Falcon has launched its new “E-forum” series of Internet-based communication seminars. The first of the hour-long sessions attracted 32 Falcon 7X users from the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland in an online interchange of maintenance information and best operating practices.
Rolls-Royce hinted at a size increase for the still-under-wraps Falcon SMS super-midsize business jet, revealing it received a higher thrust requirement from Dassault for the RB282 engine that will power the twinjet. Until now, Rolls-Royce was talking about a 10,000-pound-thrust engine.
On March 30 next year Dassault Falcon will open its newest factory-owned service center at Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The service center will be housed in a 38,000-sq-ft former American Airlines hangar, which will be remodeled with administrative and customer office space and amenities and freshly painted hangar floor and walls.
New aircraft models generate lots of excitement and interest. But David Wyndham, vice president and co-owner of aircraft data company Conklin & de Decker, Orleans, Massachusetts, argues against buying any new model until all of its bugs have been identified and rectified.
“If you’re interested in the latest design, be patient and sign up for around serial number 75 or later,” Wyndham said. He cited five reasons for his advice:
Conceding that the market has suffered a “significant slowdown in the U.S. and Europe in the past few months,” Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, speaking here at a breakfast gathering yesterday, noted nevertheless that the order book at Dassault Falcon remains “solid, with very few cancellations.” He said that the company has sold 500 aircraft worldwide over the past three years.