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.
Dassault Falcon 900
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.
A Falcon maintenance technician training program that blends CAE simulation-based theoretical instruction with the option for practical aircraft experience at Dassault’s factory is marking its second year in Bordeaux, France. The EASA-approved four- to five-week B1/B2 training program has trained more than 200 Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy and Falcon 2000EX EASy technicians from around the world for Falcon operators, the Dassault front-line customer service team and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
Aviation Partners received STC approval from Transport Canada for its high-Mach, blended winglets on 900-series Dassault Falcons last week. The company obtained an FAA STC in September and EASA approval is expected “imminently.” The company plans to install the Falcon 900 winglets on its first Canadian-customer aircraft in January.
Falcon 900 and 2000 operators now have a new tool available to help reduce operating costs and improve dispatch availability. Falcon Dispatch Plus, developed by Dassault in partnership with its factory-authorized service centers, is based on a fleet analysis of more than 900 Falcons. Dassault learned which modifications and improvements are the most effective in reducing costs and downtime then developed a package that combines them.
Dodson International recently acquired the only Falcon 900 in the world currently being dismantled for parts and spares.” This aircraft was the one that Dassault used for its 900EX EASy brochure. She was a beauty until she got crushed at Dulles during the snowstorm.
The FAA granted supplemental type certification to Aviation Partners for its Falcon 900 High Mach Blended Winglets on September 2. Aviation Partners expects EASA certification to follow shortly. The Blended Winglets program for the Falcon 900 took two years and involved “exhaustive flight testing,” according to the company.
The FAA issued approval to Dassault Falcon for the EASy II flight deck in June, shortly after the EASA granted its approval.