CAE (Booth No. 1344), which established a beachhead into business aviation simulator training by buying SimuFlite in December 2001, is bolstering its presence in Europe with the expansion of its facility in Burgess Hill, about 20 minutes south of London Gatwick Airport in southern England.
Dassault Falcon 7X
“Last year, we did not expect any new 7X sales since we thought that long lead times would slow down the sales activity,” said Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO. “However, the rate of sales has remained high until the first quarter of the year.”
The first Dassault Falcon 7X is earmarked for delivery to the French group’s patriach Serge Dassault at the beginning of April 2007 in time for his 82nd birthday. The French senator will take delivery of the first of the “more than 85” trijets currently on order–not on behalf of Dassault Aviation, the group of which he is the main shareholder–but as a private customer.
Aerospace and defense group Ruag (Hall 1 Stand A21) currently has two major domestic defense orders in process. The first is for upgrading Switzerland’s Boeing F/A-18 fighter force with a new friend/foe recognition system and error-resistant air-to-air and air to-ground datalinks.
Canadian-based simulation training provider CAE (Booth No. 4525) announced here at NBAA that it has signed an agreement with Brazilian jet manufacturer Embraer to form a global training joint venture to provide pilot and ground crew training on the new Phenom 100 and 300 light jets.
The initial training program will be offered at CAE SimuFlite in Dallas beginning in 2008, when the Phenom 100 is expected to enter service.
The industry’s fortunes have changed dramatically in the last three years, swinging wildly from the lowest of lows to almost unimaginable heights. For business aircraft makers, the current “cycle” likely will be remembered as one of the biggest roller-coaster rides in the industry’s history. Perhaps no company is more illustrative of the rapid turnaround than Dassault Falcon Jet.
Luigi Mattia, a Canadian mathematician with more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry, was recently named vice president of the Business and Regional Aircraft Business Unit of Messier-Dowty, based in Toronto. Mattia will also become president of Messier-Dowty Inc., the Canadian subsidiary of Messier-Dowty International.
Dassault president Charles Edelstenne yesterday made note of the rapidly growing business aviation industry, saying that Dassault’s own sales are exploding no less rapidly.
Cabin electronics specialist PGA Avionics (Booth No. 1473) is introducing at NBAA an in-flight entertainment system called Paradize 3, notable for incorporating digital video-on-demand capability.
Paradize 3 will be offered for sale next year, so PGA is exhibiting only some components of the system here in Orlando. As described by the manufacturer, the system’s network links an aircraft’s IFE system and cabin lighting.
Aerion SSBJ–Aerion continues on track with development efforts for its supersonic business jet. High-speed testing on the Aerion supersonic natural-laminar-flow wing was expected to be carried out last month by using a rocket sled to achieve the necessary Mach 1.5 test speed.