Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation’s chairman and CEO, said late in April that he found the business jet market “a little bit slow.” He would like to see a more active market, especially in the U.S.“But step-by-step we are back on the right track, in terms of orders,” he added. AIN understands that Falcon salespeople have found the first four months of 2014 tougher than expected.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., has entered an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to upgrade the existing TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1C engines installed on Falcon 50s to a TFE731-4-1C configuration. Premier will market, develop, engineer and certify the “50Dash4” upgrade, which includes engine installation, related hardware and cockpit instrumentation.
Gulfstream IV-SP, Teterboro, N.J., May 19, 2006 and Dassault Falcon 20, Morristown, N.J., May 16, 2006–At neighboring Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU), two corporate jets encountered birds in flight in May. At TEB, Gulfstream IV-SP N844GF, registered to Ford Aviation of San Francisco, struck a bird on takeoff, causing damage to the number-two engine. The jet returned to the airport and landed without incident.