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 Falcon 900
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.
The 24 deadly seconds of the Sept. 14, 1999, Dassault Falcon 900 in-flight upset are under scrutiny by the Athens First Degree Court. The trial, which started May 13, was expected to last several days and was still ongoing at press time. The court has been asked to decide if the accident was due to pilot error, a technical malfunction or a combination of the two.
A year after construction began, the new assembly facility for the long-range Dassault Falcon 7X is finished and has already started operations. Attendees at the inauguration on September 15 in Bordeaux, France, could see some 10 Falcon 2000 and 2000EX twinjets in the last stages of final assembly.
Dassault’s new Falcon 7X will be the largest business jet produced by the French company, but interior completion cycle time at the manufacturer’s Little Rock, Ark. facility is expected to be as little as three months. It is part of a program initiated about 18 months ago that has already reduced the average interior completion time for all Falcons to four months.
The front section of Dassault’s first Falcon 900DX completed assembly at the group’s Paris-area Argenteuil factory in the middle of last month and is due to be delivered to the Biarritz fuselage assembly line before the end of this month.