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.
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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.
On April 27 Dassault hosted a formal ceremony at its Bordeaux facility to celebrate FAA and EASA certification of the Falcon 7X. Before the event took place, some industry observers believed it would be merely a public relations forum at which the airframer would proudly wave the paperwork it had received several days earlier. However, the planned ceremony coincided with the actual certification.
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion center is ramping up its capacity to meet demand for Dassault’s newly certified Falcon 7X, while continuing to fulfill commitment with regard to the Falcon 900EX, 900DX and 2000EX.
Aircraft sales numbers often catch the big headlines, but it is the delivery figures that matter most to aircraft manufacturers. The unpredictable nature of economic cycles, customers’ needs and desires and a company’s many suppliers often cause a disconnect between reported sales and the number of airplanes that actually end up in customers’ hands.
Future versions of Honeywell’s integrated primary flight display (IPFD) may include 3-D airport maps that would give pilots a clear view of the entire airport surface whatever the weather or time of day, the company has revealed.
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, addressing reporters on the eve of the Paris Air Show this week, said Falcon deliveries will reach between 50 and 55 this year. Although he said economic conditions have improved "measurably" since 2004, this figure is short of the 63 Falcons delivered last year. He cited two reasons for this.
On June 17 Dassault Falcon Jet held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new paint hangar at the company’s Little Rock, Ark. facility. The 46,000-sq-ft building will accommodate the new Falcon 7X, expected to be certified in late 2006. The shop is already working on other Falcons.
Dassault’s Falcon 2000EX EASy received certification by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA last month.
Falcon business jet orders and deliveries last year decreased by 44 percent and 26 percent, respectively, according to Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne. At the company’s headquarters in Saint-Cloud, France, in mid-February, Edelstenne said orders for 40 Falcons were received last year, down from 72 in 2002. Deliveries fell last year to 49 Falcons, from 66 in 2002.