A Falcon maintenance technician training program that blends CAE simulation-based theoretical instruction with the option for practical aircraft experience at Dassault’s factory is marking its second year in Bordeaux, France. The EASA-approved four- to five-week B1/B2 training program has trained more than 200 Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy and Falcon 2000EX EASy technicians from around the world for Falcon operators, the Dassault front-line customer service team and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
Dassault is here at the Dubai Air Show (Stand W310) exhibiting two of its latest models–the Falcon 2000LX and Falcon 7X–the latter equipped with a second-generation enhanced-vision system (EVS).
Dassault’s still-under-wraps Falcon super-midsize (SMS) will be in a category above today’s Falcon 2000 series, a company spokesman told AIN, thus clarifying where the future aircraft will be positioned in the French maker’s gamut.
Few things take the pleasure out of dining or inhibit work efficiency on board more than a chair and table that are too far apart. Jet Aviation St. Louis, at a client request, found a solution, developing an extension for the Falcon 7X starboard side table facing the number-three seat.
A new Jet Falcon cabin interior refurbishment program for the Falcon 2000 is not only fashion forward, but also timely in terms of market demand.
In fact, Jet Aviation in Basel has already outfitted more than 120 Falcon 2000s in executive fashion. And as those and hundreds of other Falcon 2000s come due for inspections and upgrades, Jet Aviation expects to see customers planning a cabin refurbishment during that downtime.
At last week’s Paris Air Show Selex Galileo displayed a larger version of its Falco unmanned air vehicle, fitted with longer wings for greater endurance and better payload capability. Designated Falco EVO, the new version has a wingspan of 12.5 meters (41 feet) compared with 7.2 meters (23.62 feet), allowing an increase in maximum takeoff weight to 650 kilograms (1,430 pounds), up from 450 kg (990 pounds).
Since Aviation Partners announced in October that it would begin accepting orders for its drag-reducing blended winglets for the Dassault Falcon 900 series, the Seattle-based modification specialist has tallied firm commitments to equip at least 10 aircraft. Award of the STC is expected next month. Once approved, the $575,000 modification can be retrofitted to existing Falcon 900s.
Duncan Aviation recently integrated an iPad application for wireless control of the cabin management system in a Falcon 900.
Dassault Falcon announced at MEBA the appointment of Bernard Delouye as the new customer service manager to support its customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. He will be based in Jeddah, where a significant portion of the region's Falcon fleet is based.
The opportunity for "travel in record-breaking time" along with 24/7 service is the promise of Saudia Private Aviation (Chalet A3), and the Saudi Arabian Airlines subsidiary has certainly been tooling up for the task over the last two years.