At its Saint-Cloud headquarters near Paris, Dassault began presenting its 2001 results with military precision at 9 a.m. sharp on March 6. This was almost ironic as the manufacturer, still famous for its Mirage and Rafale fighters, confirmed its main business is now Falcon business jets, which accounted for 76 percent of last year’s revenues.
Dassault Falcon 900
Australia-based Skytraders has been selected to fly between Australia and Antarctica and for internal Antarctic flights, starting late next year, for the Australian government’s Antarctic division.
The London City Airport operator has entered the executive charter market with a new Dassault Falcon 900EX. Early in October it secured a commercial AOC for the aircraft, which will also be flown for Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond, who owns the airport.
French charter operator Unijet will further expand its Paris Le Bourget-based fleet next year when it takes delivery of a pair of Cessna Citation CJ2s. Having been exclusively a Dassault Falcon operator throughout its 35-year history, Unijet turned to the U.S. manufacturer after failing to persuade Dassault to offer a new light business jet.
American International Aviation Corp., one of NBAA’s oldest members, celebrated 50 years of operations, all accident free, at a dinner held in the company’s hangar at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on September 18.
Last year’s dot-com nosedive has taken its toll on the startup companies planning to build new business aircraft and seeking ever more elusive investor funding. Notably, Century Aerospace in June indefinitely shelved its plans to build the entry-level six-place, twin-turbofan Century Jet.
Published news reports and “numerous rumors” of the Ford flight department’s drastic downsizing are not only premature but false.
Dassault Falcon 900EX, Teterboro, N.J., March 3, 2006–The NTSB blamed the Falcon’s overrun at Teterboro Airport on the copilot’s failure to touch down at the proper point. Factors were the gusty wind conditions (19 knots, gusting to 26), the failure of the flight crew to use the air brakes and a partially contaminated runway.
Dassault has selected Honeywell to supply a communications gateway (CG-710) and multi-channel satcom systems (MCS-7120) for all Falcon 900 and 2000 series business jets and the Falcon 7X. The technology is intended to provide a bridge between passengers and their laptops, as well as voice-over-IP calling capability and BlackBerry e-mail access. The system will provide benefits for pilots, too.
Interlaken Capital Aviation Services in White Plains, N.Y., recently became the first HUD-equipped Part 135 operator to receive Category III qualification (50-ft DH and 700-ft RVR). The approval, obtained in the company’s Falcon 900EX equipped with a Collins Flight Dynamics head-up guidance system, also opens the door for Interlaken to pursue Cat II qualification for Type I airports.