As business aviation has matured, the lessons learned from accidents and incidents have led to significant improvements in design, technology, materials and maintenance–all of which have made business jets one of the safest forms of transportation.
When Kevin Malutinok took the position of vice president and general manager of Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) Wilmington last year, he was the company’s first general manager to have an A&P, and he was determined that “I would not sit in an office all day but rather would be more of a working general manager.”
Because the final bid for a 44,000-sq-ft paint hangar at Falcon Jet’s Wilmington, Del. service facility went “well beyond estimates,” groundbreaking has been delayed. The cost is a “critical issue” that must be resolved between Falcon Jet and its lessor and financial partner, the Delaware River Bay Authority, before construction can start.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced last month that as a central thrust in its strategy to bolster customer support it has spent more than $7 million on the Wilmington, Del. service facility and FBO that it bought from Atlantic Aviation in October 2000. Including the undisclosed purchase price, DFJ expects to invest $30 million in the facility all told.
Dassault Falcon announced last month a multi-year expansion at its Wilmington, Del. facilities that will include use of an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for interior completion work. The announcement is particularly timely as this year Dassault expects to deliver 80 business jets; it expects that number to increase to more than 100 next year.