Dassault president Charles Edelstenne yesterday made note of the rapidly growing business aviation industry, saying that Dassault’s own sales are exploding no less rapidly.
Enhanced Avionics System
Certification of Dassault’s 69,000-pound (maximum takeoff weight) 7X remains on track for early next year. Although the 7X has yet to be certified, more than 40 of the $39.2 million long-range trijets are already in various stages of production.
After publishing a series of airworthiness directives earlier this year aimed at operators of certain aircraft equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic avionics, the FAA last month added the Cessna Citation Sovereign to the list of airplanes affected by the directive.
In an unusual public airing of a disagreement between a customer and supplier, Dassault Aviation has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $60 million from Honeywell over delays with the integrated avionics systems in the Falcon 900EX and 2000EX.
Dassault has begun deliveries of the Falcon 900EX equipped with the fully operational EASy flight deck. The so-called “Step 3” of EASy includes new features, such as video display capability. It also corrects some minor imperfections and offers, at last, some functions the French manufacturer had promoted heavily when it announced the product.
Since the maiden flight of the Falcon 7X on May 5, the 5,700-nm-range trijet has been flying almost daily from Dassault’s flight- test center in Istres, France. By the middle of last month, the 7X had logged 45 hours during 15 flights and had reached Mach 0.82 and 41,000 feet.
Late last month Dassault flew a Falcon 2000EX EASy with an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) for the first time. The event marked the beginning of a series of flight tests expected to yield European certification by the middle of next year.
Dassault Aviation has reached a settle-ment with Honeywell over a $60 million lawsuit filed by the French business jet builder in October last year.
Falcon 7X S/N 002 (F-WTDA) last month completed five days of cold-soak trials at Iqaluit and Resolute Bay in northern Canada. The snow was high and temperatures during the tests fell as low as -33 degrees C (-27 degrees F).
Gulfstream was the first to add electronic flight bag portable computers to its options list, and now Dassault has followed suit by selecting the PilotView EFB from CMC Electronics as a standard option on the Falcon 2000DX, 2000EX, 900DX and 900EX. Designed to supplement the airplanes’ EASy integrated avionics, the PilotView tablet computers can be used to view checklists, electronic approach charts, moving maps and graphical weather.