Dassault’s new Falcon 7X, which is making its public debut this week in Paris, will fly in this morning’s aerial display scheduled during the official visit of French President Jacques Chirac. The rest of the week the three-engine business jet will grace Dassault’s static display, but won’t fly again until Saturday for the general public and the airshow visit by French prime minister Dominique de Villepin.
Dassault Falcon 900
The Dassault Falcon 7X business jet last Tuesday flew for the 100th time. It took off from the French manufacturer’s flight test center in Istres, in the southeast of the country. Meanwhile, Dassault has released the first photo showing the 5,700-nm-range trijet fitted with winglets. They are part of design enhancements that are under test and could boost range to 6,000 nm.
Executive Airlines, Spain’s second-ranking executive charter operator, has increased its fleet from four aircraft to seven and expects to add five more in the next two years, for a total of 12, to serve what it calls a growing but very competitive market.
Jet Aviation’s FBO at London Biggin Hill Airport is set to become the first international authorized service center for the Sino-Swearingen SJ30-2 business jet. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding here at the EBACE show yesterday.
Here at EBACE 2006, CMC Electronics (Booth No. 1014) yesterday announced it has signed a multiyear agreement with Universal Avionics in Tucson, Arizona, for the supply of M-Series EVS sensors. Universal plans to offer EVS as an option to buyers of its EFI-890R retrofit cockpit systems, multifunction displays and EFBs.
Honeywell (Booth No. 406) has completed 330 TFE731-5BR engine conversions for upgrading Dassault Falcon 900As to 900Bs and for upgrading Falcon 20s to the -5BR that had earlier had their CF700s replaced with -5As. The company did not specify the number of airplanes involved in the conversion program, launched in 1991, but did say that “90 percent of the available Falcon 900A fleet” has been modified.
“Last year, we did not expect any new 7X sales since we thought that long lead times would slow down the sales activity,” said Charles Edelstenne, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO. “However, the rate of sales has remained high until the first quarter of the year.”
Now that refurbishment of the Falcon 900 is finished and the jet is back in service, the experience for the owner and managers of the airplane can probably best be summed up thus: “The end result will be enjoyed long after the trials and tribulations of the journey have been forgotten.”
Honeywell (Booth No. 1994) is celebrating certified installations of its Primus Epic control display system/retrofit (CDS/R) aboard a Dassault Falcon 50, Falcon 900B and Raytheon Hawker 800A.
Aerion SSBJ–Aerion continues on track with development efforts for its supersonic business jet. High-speed testing on the Aerion supersonic natural-laminar-flow wing was expected to be carried out last month by using a rocket sled to achieve the necessary Mach 1.5 test speed.