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.
Aviation Partners (API) has named West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill.,
Since Winglet Technology received STC approval from the FAA for installation of its distinctive elliptical winglets last June, the company says five retrofit kits have been installed on Cessna Citation Xs at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center. Recently the company has also gotten the OK from Transport Canada, ANAC (Brazil) and is currently pursuing EASA and Australian approval.
Airbus unveiled a much-anticipated advance to its A320 family yesterday when it launched a program to develop new wingtip devices called “Sharklets.” To cost an extra $900,000 installed, the new devices will improve fuel burn on the A320 family by 3.5 percent on “longer” sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of some 730 metric tons per aircraft.
Here at the Dubai Airshow yesterday, Cessna delivered the first Citation X business jet retrofitted with Winglet Technology’s elliptical winglets to Wallan Aviation of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The modification cuts drag to reduce fuel consumption, while also boosting speed and range–especially when operating from the exceptionally hot conditions that operators face here in the Middle East.
Richard Whitcomb, 88, the long-time NASA engineer des-cribed as the most significant aerodynamics contributor of the second half of the 20th century, died on October 13 in Newport News, Va. He was the recipient of the prestigious Collier Trophy for his discovery of the area rule fuselage, which gave fighter jets supersonic speed and greater range, and his supercritical wing and winglets are found on many of today’s aircraft designs.
West Star Aviation (Booth No. 2259) has announced its selection as an Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Blended Winglet installation center for the Falcon 2000. According to API, its winglets increase range, save fuel and cut CO2 emissions. West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility is already an installation center for API Blended Winglets for the Hawker 800 series and has completed 30 installations.
Winglet Technology and Cessna Aircraft have begun installing elliptical winglets on the Citation X. Since receiving an FAA supplemental type certificate for the installation of the distinctive elliptical winglets in June, Cessna has installed retrofit kits on five Cessna Citation Xs at its Wichita service center. The company received Transport Canada and ANAC (Brazilian) approval, too, and is also pursuing EASA and Australian approval.
Technicians at StandardAero’s Springfield, Ill. facility accomplished their first aftermarket Aviation Partners winglet installation on a Falcon 2000. This represents the first of what should be many Falcon 2000 winglet mods, according to Scott Taylor, StandardAero senior v-p of business aviation. “Completing the first Falcon 2000 with aftermarket Aviation Partners winglets is an exciting first for StandardAero,” he added.
Cessna Aircraft in late August delivered the first Citation X retrofitted with elliptical winglets made by Wichita-based Winglet Technology. The winglets were installed at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center under Winglet Technology’s FAA STC.