Dassault has just received U.S. and European certification for the Falcon 900LX large-cabin business jet, a leggier version of the 900EX. Thanks to its blended winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Inc., the Falcon 900LX features a 4,750-nm range. New city pairs for the trijet now include New York to Moscow and Mumbai to London.
Honeywell’s engine division scored a unique opportunity last month when two TPE331-5 engines arrived at the company’s Phoenix headquarters. The two engines were removed from a Dornier Do-228 operated by the UK’s National Environment Research Council on flights into volcanic ash clouds resulting from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The Dornier flew 10 hours in the heart of the ash cloud and 22 hours in the outer zone.
Coming together yesterday at the show with a model of the Honeywell TFE731-50R–the enhanced performance engine that will help make the new Hawker 800XPR a substantial upgrade–were (l to r): Tim Mahoney, president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace; Shawn Vick, Hawker Beechcraft Corp.
Last year proved to be an “outstanding” one for StandardAero (Booth No. 439), according to Scott Taylor, senior vice president of business aviation.
The Dubai Aerospace Enterprise-owned company received nearly $20 million in investment funds from the shareholders within DAE, resulting in a $1 million-facility upgrade and several new programs and initiatives to support its customers.
Hawker Beechcraft had a busy start to EBACE 2010 yesterday, packing its massive static display here in Geneva with new customers. Then, while the delivery presentation was under way, it finally received European certification for its flagship Hawker 4000 before announcing both a new derivative product and a European partnership.
Hawker Beechcraft Services today at EBACE unveiled the aftermarket Hawker 800XPR package for the Hawker 800XP. The upgrade replaces the aircraft’s original TFE731-5BR engines with Honeywell TFE731-50R turbofans and adds Hawker Beechcraft-designed winglets to improve performance. The company is offering a special introductory price for the upgrade as it awaits certification, which is expected this year.
Airshow Display Upgrade Makes Euro Debut
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 751) is here at EBACE, showing for the first time in Europe, an upgrade kit for the Airshow 100, 200 and 400 in-flight map displays. The upgrade includes a new moving map with worldwide satellite imagery and a two-year warranty. Priced at $11,074, the upgrade involves no rewiring and no aircraft down time.
The engine shop at StandardAero’s Springfield, Ill. service center will reopen in the third quarter. The shop closed in 2005. The 225,000-sq-ft facility has had a long history of servicing TFE731-powered aircraft. “Initially the shop will be capable of providing major periodic inspections for TFE731s.
East Alton, Ill.-based West Star Aviation is offering wing tank dry-bay modifications on Falcon 50s, 900s and 2000s. According to a company spokesman, the mod is designed to comply with the Dassault service bulletin calling for the mandatory modification for all Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 series.
Duncan Aviation advises that all operators of Honeywell engines that do not run them frequently and want to keep them off the Damaged Engine List should spool them to N1 rotation speed once a month and make a logbook entry. Duncan also said engines dormant longer than six months require fuel system preservation.