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.
Enhanced Avionics System
Dassault Aviation (Stand 7090) said it received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 and 2000 series models fitted with the EASy flight deck, based on Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite. Both model series had earlier received steep-approach certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Dassault has received FAA approval for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 EASy (900EX EASy/DX/LX) and Falcon 2000 EASy (2000EX EASy/DX/LX) models. Thus, the entire in-production Falcon fleet is now both EASA and FAA-certified for glideslopes of up to six degrees. The Falcon 2000EX EASy, retrofitted with autobrakes; the 2000LX, which has standard autobrakes; and the Falcon 900 series are certified to operate at London City Airport. The flagship Falcon 7X has been approved to operate at that airport since early 2009.
Dassault plans to open a new service center for its Falcon business jets at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport in partnership with the host of this year’s ABACE event, Shanghai Hawker Pacific. The facility should be open by the end of June.
Since the Falcon 2000’s introduction in 1996, Dassault has debuted several variants that built on its winning formula of combining a good-sized cabin, attractive fuel economy and range, plus pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
Dassault Falcon has introduced a new website specifically for the Chinese market: www.dassaultfalcon.cn. Text for the site is presented entirely in Simplified Chinese, giving full details on all Falcon aircraft.
Jet Aviation is discontinuing completions of Dassault Falcons at its Basel, Switzerland facility, after the center had outfitted more than 130 Falcons under contract with Dassault Aviation, due to lack of demand, according to Jet Aviation spokesman Heinz Aebi.
Jet Aviation has been doing cabin completion work for the French OEM since 1996, including the Falcon 50, 900, 2000 and 7X models. According to Aebi, the 132ndFalcon business jet completed by Jet Aviation was recently delivered two weeks ahead of schedule, “with no open delivery items.”
The Dassault Falcon 7X fleet has accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours, marking a significant milestone for the French aircraft manufacturer’s 5,950-nm, large-cabin business jet. It delivered the first 7X in June 2007, and since that time 133 of the trijets have entered service in 31 countries. According to Dassault, the 7X fleet leader has accumulated more than 3,500 flight hours.
Jet Aviation’s Hong Kong facility is now authorized by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency to provide full line and base maintenance services for Dassault’s Falcon 2000EX, 7X and 900LX/DX/EASy aircraft types.
“We are actively expanding our support services to Dassault Falcon customers traveling in the region,” said Nigel Parker, managing director for the facility. To this end, the Hong Kong facility also recently took delivery of a large consignment of Falcon aircraft spares.
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.