Dassault Aviation has completed assembly of the first Falcon 7X business jet and is aiming to fly it in March. The construction process for the Falcon 7X took just seven months, about half the time it took the company to build the first example of its current flagship, the Falcon 900EX. The manufacturer was aiming to have the aircraft powered up by the end of last month, with a view to conducting a ground run by year-end.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300
Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. 1400), an OEM-authorized turbine engine repair and overhaul provider, will be relocating its Minneapolis regional turbine center to St. Paul Downtown Airport in December. The company has “outgrown the available space” at the General Dynamics Aviation Services hangar at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Mike Cumnock, vice president of customer service.
MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg’s exhibit here (Booth No. 8625) is designed around touting its expertise in supporting General Electric CF34 engines that power business jets such as Bombardier’s Challenger 601, 604 and 605.
When NBAA Convention News spoke with Alain Bellemare, Pratt & Whitney Canada president, and John Saabas, senior v-p, earlier this month, Bellemare reported strong orders and prospects across the entire P&WC product line, from the PT6 turboprop and turboshaft through in-production turbofans to the emerging 10,000-pound-thrust family and even power for an exotic suborbital commercial space flight program.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s two-hour M&O session this afternoon will focus on the PW300 turbofan engine series and include an in-depth customer service update. The briefing will begin at 1 p.m. in Room B306 with an in-service update of the PW305, PW306 and PW308 engine models along with the newest PW300 family member, the PW307A for the Dassault Falcon 7X.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has named EADS SECA, a subsidiary of EADS Sogerma Services, a designated overhaul facility for the PW300 series of turbofans. Engines covered by the agreement include the PW305A/B, PW306A/C and PW308A/C. As part of the appointment, SECA will support PW&C’s Eagle Service pay-by-the-hour plan.
Dassault last month spectacularly bridged the gap between virtual reality and reality when it unveiled the first assembled Falcon 7X business jet at its Bordeaux Mérignac factory in southwest France. The February 15 event highlighted the fully digital design and manufacturing processes (see page 50) of the 5,700-nm-range trijet.
Pratt & Whitney Canada is striving to keep fuel burn on target for its PW307A engine, which will power the Dassault Falcon 7X. Based on results from the first series of engine flight tests, the Longueuil, Quebec-based manufacturer is confident it will avoid the fuel-consumption problem it had on the PW308C for the Falcon 2000EX.
Pratt & Whitney Canada will present a two-hour session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today in Room S331C. This meeting will be a combined PW300 Series maintenance and operations briefing and customer service update. Presenters will include Scott McElvain, manager, service engineering, for the PW305/PW306 engines; Tom Milligan, also service engineering for PW305/ PW306; and David Dalgleish, service engineering for the PW307/PW308.
Dallas Airmotive has commissioned a new PW300 and PW500 repair and overhaul facility at its Forest Park production center in Dallas. The 13,000-sq-ft facility follows the company’s 2004 appointment by Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) as a designated overhaul facility for the engines. Adjacent to the facility is a new test cell, calibrated to P&WC standards and certified by the engine OEM.