This year’s Paris Air Show at Le Bourget provided an opportunity for me to see Dassault’s new Falcon 7X up close before I got my chance at the left seat, alongside Dassault 26-year veteran senior test pilot Yves (Bill) Kerherve, who has since retired from the company. A former French Navy fighter pilot, Kerherve flew the ultra-quiet 7X through a series of maneuvers for the crowd on the opening day of the show.
Rockwell Collins’s high-speed, digital backbone cabin management system has been certified for installation in Dassault’s Falcon line and is being offered as standard equipment on the Falcon 2000EX, 2000DX and 2000LX, the Falcon 900EX and 900DX, and the new Falcon 7X…Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., has been appointed by Gulfstream Aerospace as a cabin entertainment equipment supplier.…Nordam has delivered to Cessna the first cabinet
Forecast International of Newtown, Conn., released its most recent 10-year outlook, The World Market for Business Jet Aircraft, at the Farnborough Air Show last month.
Dassault Falcon 900, Santa Barbara, Calif., June 10, 2007 – As the Falcon 900 was taking off from Runway 25 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, the nose failed to come up when the ATP-rated pilot called “Rotate” and the ATP copilot pulled back on the yoke. The copilot told investigators, “I continued to pull back on the yoke until it was all the way back in my chest, but there was still no response.
Butler National’s Avcon Industries subsidiary has received an order to install its cargo-door modification on two Dassault Falcon 20s. The mod typically retails for $525,000, and the latest order will be fulfilled at Avcon’s modification center in Newton, Kan.
Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 7X business jet, with a fly-by-wire, side-stick control system, promises to redefine the word “new.” At the Dassault Falcon Jet 25th Worldwide Maintenance & Operators Seminar, held in June in in Boca Raton, Fla., the company also described the virtual-reality program that promises to dramatically reduce maintenance time and costs for operators of the big, $37 million trijet.
A record attendance of more than 1,100 Falcon business jet owners, operators and maintenance technicians at the 25th Worldwide Maintenance & Operations Seminar was “proof that the Falcon family is alive and well,” according to Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon. His remarks were made at the seminar’s opening session on June 14.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has named EADS SECA, a subsidiary of EADS Sogerma Services, a designated overhaul facility for the PW300 series of turbofans. Engines covered by the agreement include the PW305A/B, PW306A/C and PW308A/C. As part of the appointment, SECA will support PW&C’s Eagle Service pay-by-the-hour plan.
Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer and training provider CAE inaugurated its newest business aviation training center in Morristown, N.J., on June 7. The well attended festivities kicked off with a high-flying aerial acrobat and featured a GIV simulator programmed to dance to big-band swing.
The Falcon 2000DX made its first flight late last month with little fanfare. The aircraft is essentially a shorter-range version of the company’s popular 2000EX (3,250 nm versus the 2000EX’s 3,800 nm). According to Dassault, the new 2000DX will excel in time to climb–17 minutes to 41,000 feet. After a short flight-test program, the aircraft is expected to be certified by the end of the year.