Rockwell Collins has introduced cabin management controls that will let passengers connect their iPods to the airplane’s in-flight entertainment system. The iPod Solo and Quad stations provide access to iPod music and video libraries through the cabin audiovisual system. As their names imply, the Solo station provides a dock for one iPod or iPhone and the Quad unit slots for as many as four.
Dassault Falcon 7X
The EASA granted certification to the Falcon 2000DX on September 19, and FAA certification followed on October 3. Entry into service is expected early next year, following completion of the first 2000DX at Falcon’s Little Rock, Ark. completion center. The 2000DX replaces the original Falcon 2000 and offers 3,250 nm range and the Honeywell EASy flight deck. An enhanced vision system is optional.
CAE’s Burgess Hill UK flight training center–located near London Gatwick airport–has received FAA certification for Part 142 training. The approval allows the center to conduct FAA-approved training, testing and certification for type ratings on the Falcon 7X, 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy. Training programs for the aircraft are certified by the FAA and the European JAA.
Bill Kerherve, chief test pilot for Dassault Aviation, and test pilot Philippe Deleume took the Falcon 7X simulation bench on its first virtual flight in December, testing the design’s fly-by-wire controls, according to the company. “I was particularly impressed by the superb handling qualities through the entire envelope,” said Kerherve.
One flew for real, the other in a virtual-reality world, but both served as positive demonstrations of the developmental technologies planned for a new generation of Dassault Falcons.
Dassault hopes to display the cockpit simulator for its new Falcon 7X sidestick fly-by-wire business trijet at the NBAA Convention in October in Orlando, Fla. Orders for 30 of the new jets are secured by $1 million non-refundable deposits, according to the company. First flight is scheduled for the end of the first quarter 2005, with certification planned in the third quarter of 2006.
Forty years ago, late in the afternoon of May 4, 1963, the first Falcon business jet–then known as the Mystère 20 and powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney JT12A-8 turbojets–took to the air for the first time at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in southwest France.
FlightSafety International has received the first certification for its Falcon 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy maintenance technician training in a recently introduced Dassault quality-assurance program. FlightSafety instructors at Little Rock, Ark., Paris Le Bourget and Teterboro, N.J. Learning Centers received their certification from Dassault’s Dean Anderson, the company’s director of service network and maintenance training.
A year after construction began, the new assembly facility for the long-range Dassault Falcon 7X is finished and has already started operations. Attendees at the inauguration on September 15 in Bordeaux, France, could see some 10 Falcon 2000 and 2000EX twinjets in the last stages of final assembly.
Rising oil prices and Europe’s ban on Soviet-era airliners have created a new market for western business jets in Russia. Russian businessmen have purchased a considerable number of western aircraft in the past two years.