Just over 50 years since Dassault Aviation’s first Falcon jet flew in May 1963, the business jet family has never been more crucial to the long-term business of the French manufacturer. Financial results covering the first half of 2013 showed group revenues and profits somewhat dented by factors including a smaller number of Falcon deliveries compared with the first six months of last year (29 aircraft versus 34).
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft charter and management firm Elit’Avia opened an office in Accra, Ghana. It is currently managing four business aircraft for West African clients–two Bombardier Global 6000s and a Bombardier Global XRS in Nigeria and a Dassault Falcon 2000 in Ghana. Elit’Avia also expects to take delivery of a Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Challenger 605 for West African clients before year-end, which will almost double the size of its fleet in this region.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Dassault Falcon 7X requiring a new procedure in the airplane flight manual. It was prompted by a report of a runway excursion caused by failure of the nose landing-gear position-feedback assembly. The AD is designed to detect and correct an incorrect angle signal causing an uncommanded nosewheel deflection.
Falcon business jet orders increased during the first half of this year while deliveries sagged at the same time, Dassault Falcon said today in its first-half financial results. The order intake, at 27 aircraft, compares favorably with last year’s 25 during the same period. These 27 Falcons are worth €1.24 billion.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has launched an iPad app for customers to design the interior and exterior of their jets, beginning with Bombardier Challengers. Dubbed iDesignJets, the app allows customers to choose the color, fabric, design themes and floor plans for the interiors of their jets, as well as designs and colors for the exterior. The company said it plans to expand the app to all of the airframes that Jet Aviation St. Louis completes, which includes business aircraft from Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Falcon 2000s, 2000EXs, 900s and 900EXs and all Falcon 50s. The AD was prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear could cause wing tank structure failure, which could result in fuel spillage and a fire hazard. This AD requires modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well.
Jet Aviation and Vienna-based Art Aviation have reached an agreement whereby Jet Aviation will serve as the exclusive maintenance provider for Art Aviation’s fleet of aircraft. Founded in 2012, Art Aviation operates two Bombardier Global XRSs, two Global 6000s, a Boeing BBJ1 and a Dassault Falcon 900EX and Falcon 7X. Jet Aviation will provide scheduled base maintenance from its facilities in Basel or Geneva and line maintenance from its Moscow Vnukovo facility.
On show for the first time at the Paris Air Show this week was a complete Thales Amascos system, the French company’s contender in the booming maritime surveillance market.
The market for Dassault Aviation’s Falcons is “still convalescent,” according to the company’s new CEO Eric Trappier. Speaking at the company’s annual press conference back in March, he gave details on the 2012 performance and a conservative market outlook. Then, in April, at the ABACE show in Shanghai, Dassault Falcon Jet CEO John Rosanvallon expressed confidence in Asian sales growth.
Dassault Aviation comes to this year’s Paris Air Show with two newly certified business jets: the large-cabin Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. Both received EASA and FAA approvals in March. The first Falcon 2000S was delivered in April to a Turkish customer. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second half for the 2000LXS, when it replaces the 2000LX.