Dassault Aviation has selected Nordam as a supplier for its Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000 cabin window assemblies. Following a nearly year-long certification process, Nordam has contracted to deliver the passenger cabin windows for each of the two types this year. Production and supply of the cabin window assemblies is under way at Nordam’s transparency manufacturing plant in Tulsa.
Dassault Falcon’s newest satellite service station has opened at West Palm Beach Airport in Florida. DAS–West Palm Beach, an FAA approved facility, is certified to perform “A” inspections up to the “4A+” level on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900 and Falcon 7X. EASA approval is expected within the next 30 days. In addition to the service station, a Falcon AOG “GoTeam” is also located at the facility.
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.
Dassault Aviation yesterday reported contrasting results for last year, with a negative net order tally of -163 Falcon business jets, but a record 77 Falcon deliveries. During a press conference held at the company’s headquarters near Paris yesterday morning, Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said the negative order number includes 65 cancellations from fractional provider NetJets.
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.
Jet Aviation Basel has completed its 35,520-sq-ft hangar 1A extension, an addition that will better accommodate its cabin completion work on green Falcons.
The $5 million facility, which opened officially in November, will simultaneously accommodate as many as 11 Falcons.
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.
For the past four days, the skies over EBACE have been gray, but the overcast and rain have not dampened the spirits of John Rosanvallon. The Dassault Falcon president and CEO has been watching the French business jet manufacturer’s already fat order book grow fatter still here at EBACE and he is forecasting continued demand.
After a record 30-year run, Dassault quietly stopped building its once popular Falcon 50 last spring. More than 350 of the trijets were delivered before the final version, a Falcon 50EX, rolled off the assembly line. About 240 were the original Falcon 50, and the remainder were the 50EX.
EUROFLY ACQUIRES ITS FIRST ACJ, PLANS A SECOND
Eurofly, Italy’s largest business aviation operator, has signed a contract for its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner and plans to acquire a second, with delivery earmarked for next spring. Powered by two 27,000-pound-thrust CFM56-5B7 turbofans, Eurofly’s ACJ will be outfitted to accommodate 48 passengers in four-abreast seating. Typical trips will be between Rome or Milan and New York.
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