Dassault Aviation recently conducted a “successful” flight test to evaluate laminar wings for large business jets. The flight was performed at the company’s 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.
Enhanced Avionics System
Dassault has downplayed last week’s newspaper quotes by John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon’s CEO, regarding the company’s partnership plans in China. Rosanvallon commented in French financial daily La Tribune about discussions with airframer Avic on the possibility of cooperation on an indigenous business jet design or a local Falcon final assembly facility.
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho has partnered with Universal Avionics to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments with an integrated avionics suite offering improved reliability, greater situational awareness and reduced maintenance downtime.
Dassault is working steadily toward a certification date of 2016 for its much anticipated super-midsize (SMS) Falcon business jet, Olivier Villa, Dassault's senior vice president for civil aircraft, told AIN at last month's Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai. Launched in January 2008, the twin-engine SMS is intended to be the successor to the out-of-production three-engine Falcon 50.
Jet Aviation launched a refurbishment program for Dassault Falcon 2000 cabin interiors. The new Jet Falcon interior is available in three designs: classic, style and fashion, all of which make use of standardized and modular processes, including preproduction of materials, to minimize downtime and cut costs.
Dassault (Chalet A14) is working steadily toward a certification date of 2016 for its much-anticipated super-midsize (SMS) Falcon business jet, Olivier Villa, Dassault's senior vice president civil aircraft, told AIN here at MEBA. Launched in January 2008, the twin-engine SMS is intended to be the successor to the out-of-production three-engine Falcon 50.
Dassault's EASy 2 cockpit is moving toward its certification, which is expected for the Falcon 900 in the second quarter of next year. The cockpit system will be ready on the Falcon 7X and 2000 by late 2012, around the same time as additional communications functions will be certified.
Dassault Falcon Jet chairman Charles Edelstenne offered a less-than-glowing look at the current state of business aviation as it struggles with the recession and he noted in a press conference yesterday that there are mixed signals with regard to a recovery.
It was three years ago at the NBAA Convention in Orlando that the industry was faced with the sub-prime crisis, he pointed out. "Today, we are still struggling," he added.
Financial results for the first half of 2010 appeared to suggest that Dassault Aviation has begun to reverse the severe downward trend its Falcon business jet operations have endured over the past 24 months or so.
Dassault Falcon received EASA certification to equip the Falcon 7X with its enhanced flight vision system (EFVS). Certification from the FAA is expected this month. EFVS provides an image on the head-up guidance system and on flight-deck displays that enables the pilots to see the terrain and airport environment in low-visibility conditions such as fog, haze and at night.