Aviation Partners (API) in September received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its “high-mach blended winglets” on Dassault Falcon 50 series jets. EASA approval is expected to follow by year-end, according to Seattle, Wash.-based API (Booth No. 5035) .
Dassault Falcon 900
The FAA is proposing a new airworthiness directive for certain models of Dassault Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Falcon 900, Falcon 900EX and all models of the Falcon 50. It is prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear could cause wing-tank structural failure, resulting in fuel spillage and fire hazard. It would require modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well. The FAA is taking comments until November 26.
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 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.