Dassault Falcon yesterday announced the long-anticipated upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy (Enhanced Avionics System) flight deck: the EASy Phase II system with synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology.
Enhanced Avionics System
Dassault Falcon today announced the long-anticipated upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Epic-based Enhanced Avionics System (EASy) flight deck–the EASy Phase II system with synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology. Both a hardware and software upgrade, EASy Phase II certification is expected by the end of next year for the Falcon 900 series and mid-2010 for the Falcon 2000 and 7X models.
As Wall Street continues to reel from the events of last month, market turmoil could clip the wings of several major financial institutions’ flight departments.
Calling it one of the most complex design efforts ever undertaken in the field of avionics, Honeywell engineering executives were popping champagne corks last month in celebration of the freshly issued FAA papers certifying the Primus Epic integrated avionics system.
Gulfstream last month proved the old axiom: “Double your pleasure, double your fun; get two certificates instead of one.” In what is believed to be a first in the company’s more than 40-year history, Gulfstream received both a type certificate and a production certificate on the same day for the same airplane.
Ongoing software integration problems are forcing at least two airframe manufacturers into the unenviable position of having to stretch aircraft certification schedules to give Honeywell engineers time to troubleshoot a variety of technical issues that are manifesting themselves in the Primus Epic avionics system.
Since production ended more than 25 years ago of the small, sleek Falcon 10, Dassault has concentrated on building larger business jets. But, in answer to NBAA Convention News’ question at a media briefing here yesterday, Dassault Aviation chairman Charles Edelstenne disclosed that he has asked his engineers and marketers to “reopen the question” of developing a smaller jet.
Last month, Dassault Aviation delivered its 1,500th Falcon, a Falcon 2000. Charles Edelstenne, chairman of Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet, presented the Falcon 2000 to Kevin Russell, senior vice president of Executive Jet. The delivery is the 29th Falcon of the more than 100 Falcons ordered for the Executive Jet NetJets fractional aircraft owner program. The 1,500 Falcons include 42 for use in search and rescue with the U.S.
Midwest independent cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Duncan Aviation has signed a long-term agreement to do Falcon 7X green completion work under contract to French manufacturer Dassault Aviation. According to a spokesman for Duncan, the first 7X arrived May 2 at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is due to emerge as a finished airplane in the first quarter of next year.
Many beyond the immediate Dassault Falcon Jet family mourned the April 25 passing of the company’s long-serving chief pilot and director of aviation, G. Edison Allen. The Georgia-born pilot–known to all as Ed–gave Dassault 30 years of his life and made numerous friends and admirers along the way.