The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India recently granted type approval for the Dassault Falcon 7X. Falcon 2000s and 900s are already certified in India, and approximately 16 large-cabin Falcons are in service in the country. The first Falcon 7X in India will be delivered this month to Religare Voyages, a New Delhi-based charter firm that already operates a Falcon 2000.
Enhanced Avionics System
Like other business jet OEMs, Dassault Falcon is suffering from the effects of the global downturn. But some parts of the world are rebounding faster than others, according to the French airframer. “Yes, the market has been challenging this past year, and we don’t expect any significant change until the middle of next year,” said Charles Edelstenne, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
Dassault has selected a cockpit upgrade from Exton, Pa.-based Innovative Solutions & Support that is designed to bring a host of advanced capabilities to Falcon 2000 and 2000EX models originally delivered with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics.
John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon’s president and CEO, has worked at the company for 34 years. He began with the launch of the Falcon brand in the U.S. in the early 1970s and moved to Falcon Jet’s U.S. headquarters in Teterboro, N.J., in 1979, serving as assistant to the president, then as v-p of finance.
Dassault Falcon on July 10 delivered the 2000th Falcon at its Bordeaux-Mérignac facility. The milestone aircraft–a Falcon 2000LX–was handed over to Istanbul-based Koç Holding. Since the first delivery of the Falcon Mystère 20 in 1965, the Falcon fleet has logged more than 14 million flight hours. Dassault has designed, produced and delivered 17 different Falcon versions to customers in 67 countries.
Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne on Friday made it clear that all design choices for its next Falcon business jet, a super-midsize aircraft codenamed SMS, have been reopened–including the engine. During a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, Edelstenne also commented on the tricky economic situation, saying further layoffs might be decided by year-end.
CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) is aiming to step up its position in the avionics market with a major investment in a new family of integrated avionics suites. Part 25 certified business aircraft will be the first applications for its new FronTier range of cockpit systems, with the first application expected to enter service before the end
CMC Electronics (Booth No. 371) is aiming to step up its position in the avionics market with a major investment in a new family of integrated avionics suites. Part 25-certified business aircraft will be the first applications for the new FronTier range of cockpit systems, with the first application expected to enter service before the end of 2013.
At its annual financial analysts meeting today, Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne announced a substantial increase in projected Falcon business jet deliveries this year, but noted that at the same time, “the production of green aircraft [in 2009] will be reduced as market conditions demand.” The French OEM delivered 72 business jets last year and anticipates deliveries of 90 this year.
Dassault Falcon has launched its new “E-forum” series of Internet-based communication seminars. The first of the hour-long sessions attracted 32 Falcon 7X users from the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland in an online interchange of maintenance information and best operating practices.