FAA Issues STC for Aviation Partners Falcon 900 Winglets
The FAA granted supplemental type certification to Aviation Partners for its Falcon 900 High Mach Blended Winglets on September 2. Aviation Partners expects EASA certification to follow shortly. The Blended Winglets program for the Falcon 900 took two years and involved “exhaustive flight testing,” according to the company. Aviation Partners has 20 commitments from Falcon 900 operators for the new High Mach Blended Winglets and 10 or more sets will be installed by year-end, said vice president of sales Gary Dunn. High Mach Blended Winglets are optimized for cruise speeds of Mach .80 and higher and deliver a 5-percent range increase at Mach .80 and more than 7 percent at long-range cruise speed, thanks to the drag reduction delivered by the winglets. The Aviation Partners winglets can be installed at authorized installers, including Dassault Aircraft Services, Duncan Aviation, Jet Aviation (Midcoast), StandardAero, West Star Aviation, TAG Aviation (Switzerland) and Hawker Pacific (Singapore). “Anytime you can improve the productivity and performance of an existing asset, while making it more eco-friendly, is a wise investment,” said Aviation Partners founder and CEO Joe Clark.