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.
Enhanced Avionics System
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.
Dassault has just received U.S. and European certification for the Falcon 900LX large-cabin business jet, a leggier version of the 900EX. Thanks to its blended winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Inc., the Falcon 900LX features a 4,750-nm range. New city pairs for the trijet now include New York to Moscow and Mumbai to London.
Certification of the EASy II flight deck, an upgrade of Dassault’s EASy integrated avionics system for current-production Falcon business jets, has been postponed to later this year, AIN has learned. In explaining the delay, Dassault said it wants the system to be “more mature” at entry into service.
“We now have an agreement in place with Hawker Pacific in Shanghai to become our next authorized service center (ASC) once all MRO approvals have been granted,” Frank Youngkin, senior vice president of Western hemisphere customer service at Dassault Falcon, told AIN today in an exclusive interview.
The first quarter of 2010 has been a disappointment in terms of aircraft sales and shows that the market is not yet recovering, Dassault CEO Charles Edelstenne told a press conference here in Geneva yesterday.
Dassault Falcon has delivered a Falcon 7X with Honeywell’s MCS 7120 SwiftBroadband satcom system as part of an installation that brings cabin Wi-Fi and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) capabilities to the French trijet. Dassault said the installation is the first in a business jet capable of providing “fully managed” VoIP phone services in flight.
Dassault Aviation’s maintenance and operations (M&O) seminar held here in Geneva on April 1 was a prime opportunity for the Falcon business jet manufacturer to highlight customer support initiatives that it has taken in an effort to keep up with its North American competitors.
International Communications Group (ICG) has integrated its NxtLink datalink-capable Iridium communications systems (the ICS-200, 220A and 400) with Dassault Falcon’s EASy integrated avionics system on the French OEM’s Falcon 7X.
Dassault’s Falcon 7X business jet has received its type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). All in-production Falcons are now certified in the country, the French-based manufacturer added. Salesmen are very optimistic about sales in the region this year.