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.
Dassault Falcon 900
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.
Russell Turner, a former top executive for Boeing’s United Space Alliance business in Houston, is the new president of Honeywell Aerospace’s $4.7 billion Engines, Systems and Services division. He assumed his duties at Honeywell on June 1, taking over from interim president Mike Redenbaugh, who returns to his previous job at the Phoenix company’s propulsion systems business.
FlightSafety International has received the first certification for its Falcon 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy maintenance technician training in a recently introduced Dassault quality-assurance program. FlightSafety instructors at Little Rock, Ark., Paris Le Bourget and Teterboro, N.J. Learning Centers received their certification from Dassault’s Dean Anderson, the company’s director of service network and maintenance training.
It was early evening on March 17, 2000, when N814M, a Falcon 900B owned by BP Amoco, overran the runway while landing at Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass. Racing past the numbers, it crashed through the Runway 24 localizer antenna array and a chain-link fence.