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.
Dassault Falcon 900
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.
When the going gets tough, the tough launch airplane programs. Banking on better times beyond the currently cloudy economy, and despite depressed business-airplane shipments by the Canadian airframer last year, Bombardier has formally launched the Global 5000 after first introducing the program last October.
After a series of tests, Dassault Aviation has aborted a project to install the Max-Viz
After a record 30-year run, Dassault quietly stopped building its once popular Falcon 50 last spring. More than 350 of the trijets were delivered before the final version, a Falcon 50EX, rolled off the assembly line. About 240 were the original Falcon 50, and the remainder were the 50EX.