Activity in the business aviation industry continues to grow, Dassault Aviation chairman Charles Edelstenne said today during the release of Dassault Falcon’s results for the first half of this year. Dassault’s order intake for new Falcons, minus cancellations, in the six-month period was 22 units, a considerable improvement over the net aircraft orders for only two jets in the first half of 2010.
Enhanced Avionics System
On the heels of EASA certification earlier this month, Dassault Falcon received approval from the FAA for EASy II, the French aircraft manufacturer’s next-generation flight deck. Like EASy, the second-generation system uses the Honeywell Primus Epic avionics suite as its platform.
A fix has been designed and certified for the runaway elevator trim control that was experienced by a Falcon 7X in late May. Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said the aircraft was grounded by EASA at Dassault’s behest. “We immediately mobilized all the resources at our disposal to identify the cause of this malfunction and develop a solution,” he said.
Dassault has begun sending Falcon 7X modification kits to its service centers to fix the potential runaway pitch trim issue that caused the grounding of the entire fleet since May 26, a company spokesman told AIN today. All the kits will have been sent by Sunday, he said. Meetings with the EASA are planned for the coming days as the next step toward flight reauthorization.
Dassault Aviation’s grounding on May 26 of the entire 112-aircraft Falcon 7X fleet because of a runaway trim incident is extraordinary in many ways. (Dassault didn’t actually ground the 7X fleet, but it did ask the EASA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive; EASA, then the FAA, followed through quickly.)
Air Works India, an MRO based in Mumbai, was named today at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) in Geneva as an authorized service center (ASC) by Dassault Falcon. Initially it will serve as a line service center offering 24-hour troubleshooting, line maintenance and inspections, up to 2B, for the Falcon 900EX and 900EASy series.
Air Works India Engineering (Stand 1869) has been appointed a Dassault Falcon authorized service center (ASC), offering Falcon operators a maintenance capability in India eventually leading to heavy maintenance.
Dassault is the only business jet manufacturer having committed, along with the rest of the European aeronautical industry, to 2020 environmental goals set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) in 2001. One goal is to halve CO2 emissions between 2000 and 2020–measured by passenger mile.
Dassault Falcon is offering a practical training program for the Falcon 900 and 2000 EASy. Approved by the French Aviation Authority (DGAC), the program was originally launched in April 2007 in support of the Falcon 7X entry-into-service and is certified under EASA Part 66 regulations.
Dassault Aviation conducted a "successful" flight test to evaluate laminar wings for large business jets. The flight was performed at the companyπs flight-test center in Istres, France, using a Falcon 7X equipped with an infrared camera to measure differences in surface temperatures between laminar and turbulent areas of the horizontal tailplane.