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.
Dassault Falcon 900
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.
Certification of Dassault’s 69,000-pound (maximum takeoff weight) 7X remains on track for early next year. Although the 7X has yet to be certified, more than 40 of the $39.2 million long-range trijets are already in various stages of production.
Changes to the Dassault Falcon 7X, now in flight test, could increase its IFR range to as much as 6,000 nm at Mach 0.80, Dassault Aviation said at the NBAA Convention last month. The current guaranteed range of the 7X is 5,700 nm, but the French manufacturer is currently evaluating several range-boosting enhancements. Among the enhancements being considered are Dassault-designed winglets, which would be a first for Falcons.