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 Falcon 900
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.
Dassault’s new EASy flight deck should enter customer service this spring on a Falcon 900EX. Early last month AIN visited the airframer’s facility in Bordeaux Mérignac, France, to see how the ongoing flight tests have refined the avionics suite. Philippe Deleume, Dassault’s chief test pilot for civil aircraft, also explained how extensive engineer-pilot interaction have improved man-machine interface.
Judging by the mood at last month’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, the good old days are most assuredly back for the business aviation industry. A record number of companies were shoehorned into more than a million square feet of exhibition space at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and there was a seemingly endless line of aircraft at nearby Henderson Executive Airport.
Dassault has established a full-time sales office in Dubai as well as a dedicated spare parts distribution center and authorized service center, all to meet stepped-up demand for the French business jet builder’s family of airplanes, in particular the long-range Falcon 7X.
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.