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.
Falcon operators may now turn to Midcoast Aviation to meet the requirements of an impending airworthiness directive that will require structural modification
of the wing tank fuel bay on the Falcon 50/900/2000.
Dassault Aviation last month reported its 2009 sales and delivery totals, and the numbers were mixed. The company ended the year with a net tally of minus 163 Falcon orders but a record 77 deliveries. The company has no plans for job cuts in France, although it has slashed the U.S. workforce by 20 percent since the beginning of the downturn.
Dassault Falcon is reorganizing its service support strategy. Worldwide there are currently five company-owned service centers and 26 authorized service centers (ASC). In addition, there are five recently added satellite service stations with GoTeams positioned on four continents.
It was a busy year for Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich., and Lincoln, Neb. facilities. The two stations conducted 24 Hawker airframe inspections, 11 of them heavy inspections, last year.
StandardAero is the first authorized independent service center in North America approved and trained to perform wing tank (dry bay) modifications on the Dassault Falcon 50, 900 and 2000. The modification requirement, outlined in recent service bulletin advisories issued by Dassault, is mandatory for all Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 operators.