Rockwell Collins has announced the first installation of its high-speed data communication system. The HST-900 transceiver is being installed on a Dassault Falcon 900EX by Detroit-based Rockwell Collins dealer Pentastar, and delivery is expected later this month. Designed for simple integration with Collins’ SAT-906, the two-MCU, 8.5-lb HST-900 provides 64 kilobits per second, allowing airborne Internet and e-mail access.
Dassault Falcon 900
The first Max-Viz EVS-1000 installation on an operator-customer’s aircraft is being completed by Total Aircraft Services (TAS) at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport (VNY). The system going aboard a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A is expected to receive STC approval by the end of the year. TAS president Stan Fisher said the tail-mount installation will apply directly to other Challenger models and possibly to Bombardier CRJ regional jets.
Honeywell launched the new TFE731-50 engine here in Orlando on Sunday evening, offering up to 4,900 lb of takeoff thrust and featuring integrated nacelle and thrust reverser systems. The new turbofan is set to achieve certification in 2004.
The September 11 terrorist attacks and economic downturn have seemingly done nothing to dent the maintenance and modification business of Midcoast Aviation. In results announced last Wednesday, the company logged record 21-percent sales growth in its last financial year (ending June 30, 2002).
Last year, Karin Tennstedt was just one of a number of entrepreneurs launching a new business at NBAA; as she put it, “wandering the halls with a net and looking for customers.”
This year, the president of Mach 1 Design and former corporate flight attendant is the head of a successful turnkey completion management company.
Aircraft Braking Systems Corp. (ABSC) was recently awarded contracts for main wheels, carbon brakes and nosewheels for the Dasault Falcon 900EX and Gulfstream IV. The Akron, Ohio-based ABSC already produces braking systems for Falcon 10, 20, and 50 aircraft, and will introduce a brake-by-wire (BBW) digital braking system for the Falcon 900 similar to other ABSC BBW systems installed on six aircraft models.
Through mid-September, the Honeywell AS907 engine program had logged more than 3,500 hr of configuration testing and over 8,000 hr of total test time including 600 hr on Honeywell’s Boeing 720 flying test bed and nearly 20 hr during 10 test flights on Bombardier’s Continental business jet.
The 2008 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) was an important litmus test to measure how the global business aviation marketplace might ride into a downturn on the coat-tails of a U.S. recession. Happily, the industry got some clear and positive results, with almost $5.4 billion in new aircraft orders being announced during the eighth staging of the annual event in Geneva (May 20-22).
Dassault Falcon Jet describes its new 5,700-nm, $35+ million Falcon 7X three-engine business jet as providing 30 percent more range and 20 percent more cabin space at a 10 percent higher price than the 900EX. This positions the new airplane in the range and price market between its own 900EX, the Gulfstream IV-SP and the newly announced Global 5000 on one side and the GV and Global Express on the other.
Here yesterday Dassault introduced a new version of the Falcon 900 large business jet–the 900LX, which features a 4,800-nm range thanks to the addition of winglets.