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.
Dassault Falcon 7X
Air Works India, an MRO based in Mumbai, was named today at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) in Geneva as an authorized service center (ASC) by Dassault Falcon. Initially it will serve as a line service center offering 24-hour troubleshooting, line maintenance and inspections, up to 2B, for the Falcon 900EX and 900EASy series.
OnAir (Stand 1635) is installing its Mobile OnAir connectivity system in Comlux’s Airbus ACJ319. The system will allow passengers to use their mobile phones and smartphones in flight, when the aircraft enters service in January next year. The service enables calls, text messages, email and Internet surfing. Usage is billed by the passenger’s mobile operator.
Business aviation is still on a roller-coaster ride that could lead to feast or famine, according to Flying Group chief executive Bernard van Milders. “The crisis is not over, fuel prices are high and there could even be a double-dip recession, but [on the other hand] we could see ten-percent growth,” he told AIN.
Air Works India Engineering (Stand 1869) has been appointed a Dassault Falcon authorized service center (ASC), offering Falcon operators a maintenance capability in India eventually leading to heavy maintenance.
Dassault is the only business jet manufacturer having committed, along with the rest of the European aeronautical industry, to 2020 environmental goals set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) in 2001. One goal is to halve CO2 emissions between 2000 and 2020–measured by passenger mile.
Owners and operators seeking new options to maintain Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) or to refurbish Dassault Falcon 2000s are the target of new offerings from Switzerland-based Jet Aviation Basel (Stand 963) here at EBACE.
After a year best described as challenging, flight-training provider FlightSafety International has seen an uptick in business since January and is adding another training site to its worldwide network, as well as several new training platforms at some of its locations. “We are seeing a little bit of life here in the first quarter,” said Eric Hinson, the company’s executive vice president.
Dassault’s unexpected announcement here in Geneva on Monday of the new 2000S model fills a crucial entry-level gap at the lower end of the Falcon family. It also suggests that the company’s long-planned SMS development will in fact fit a different niche than its “super-midsize” working title suggests.