Aviation Partners’ high-Mach blended winglets on the Falcon 50 series were STC’d by the FAA on Tuesday. EASA approval is pending, the company said. The FAA certification is the culmination of an 18-month development and flight-test program, and comes on the heels of its similar winglet approvals for the Falcon 900 and 2000 series. Aviation Partners claims its Falcon 50 winglets provide a drag reduction, and corresponding range increase, of 5 percent at Mach 0.80 and more than 7 percent at long-range cruise.
Dassault Falcon 900
Dassault Falcon announced yesterday at the CIBAS show in China that it will open a regional customer service headquarters in Beijing early next year. The new facility will employ two type-rated Falcon pilots and “local specialists experienced in receiving and processing spare parts orders, warranty claims and FalconCare claims.” Working with Shanghai Hawker Pacific at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, Dassault Falcon also launched Dassault Falcon Aircraft Services China to serve local operators of the Falcon 900EX, 2000EX EASy and 7X.
StandardAero has received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate (STC) for upgrading Mark V EGPWS computers with Honeywell’s Smart Runway and SmartLanding Runway Safety Package for the Falcon 50, 50EX,900 and 900EX.
StandardAero completed the STCs via its organization designation authorization at the Springfield, Ill. facility and offers installation at any one of its four North American service centers–the others being in Los Angeles, Augusta, Ga., and Houston.
Flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) recently completed the upgrade of its full-flight simulators for Dassault’s current models to include smoke-generation capability for use in its initial training curriculum.
Dassault Aviation (Stand 7090) is here at EBACE promoting “FalconBroadcast,” a new service that will provide operators of Falcon business jets with real-time airborne health monitoring. This includes notification of in-flight events, which may require the attention of maintenance personnel.
The service will be available initially for Falcon 7X operators in June. For Falcon 900s and Falcon 2000s (if they are equipped with the EASy flight deck, which early variants are not) it will be available “later this year,” said the French manufacturer.
Jet Aviation has signed agreements with both Embraer and Bombardier to boost spare parts availability in its facility at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. By storing more parts at the Russian capital’s busiest business aviation airport, The company said it aims to minimize aircraft downtime during AOG circumstances by ensuring a broad selection of spares are on-site and immediately available to operators when needed.
The new EASy II flight deck is in full view here at the EBACE show in the cockpit of a Dassault Falcon 900EX. Honeywell, manufacturer of the Primus Epic avionics suite on which the EASy suite is based, has brought the aircraft to Geneva and is offering customer demonstration flights.
Judging by the dominance of business jets at India Aviation 2012, held at Hyderabad in southern India from March 14 to 18, predictions of double-digit general aviation growth in the country have inspired manufacturers and service providers to boost their presence in the market.
India’s ailing airliner sector was conspicuous by its absence from the third biennial show, barring a static display of the Boeing 787 in Air India’s colors and a mock-up of the Russian Irkut MC-21 airliner. Instead, a spurt of announcements relating to India’s business aviation sector lifted spirits.
Dassault Aviation has selected Nordam as a supplier for its Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000 cabin window assemblies. Following a nearly year-long certification process, Nordam has contracted to deliver the passenger cabin windows for each of the two types this year. Production and supply of the cabin window assemblies is under way at Nordam’s transparency manufacturing plant in Tulsa.
Hawker Pacific is hailing a couple of breakthroughs in avionics upgrades at its Asian service centers. At its Manila base in the Philippines, the company installed a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite on a Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop. This “first” was a collaborative effort with its service center in Cairns, Australia. Meanwhile in Singapore, three King Air B200s received–for the first time in Asia, according to Hawker Pacific–Garmin G1000 systems.