Dassault Falcon is in the process of reducing the price on more than 18,500 parts. According to the OEM, this campaign complements price reductions on more than 14,000 parts last year. A spokesman for the company said that until recently the focus has been on ensuring the ready availability and timely shipment of parts.
Dassault is still waiting for a recovery of the U.S. business aircraft market–a market that has “no reason not to be back,” company officials said at EBACE on Monday. As are most industry executives, the Dassault officials appeared perplexed by worldwide sales trends.
“In 2013, we had a good early start in January and February but then things went disappointing,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet (Booth 7090). Net sales in the first quarter reached 14, a better performance than the 10 sales during last year’s first quarter.
The market for Dassault Aviation’s Falcons is “still convalescent,” according to CEO Eric Trappier. Speaking at the company’s press conference in March, Trappier gave details on its performance in 2012 and delivered a conservative market outlook. In April, at the ABACE show in Shanghai, Dassault Falcon Jet CEO John Rosanvallon expressed confidence in Asian sales growth.
Dassault has released Falcon sales numbers for the first quarter, highlighting that the net orders for 14 jets, worth €656 million ($853 million), are a better performance than the net orders for 10 jets worth €450 million ($585 million) in the same period last year. Deliveries, however, are down to eight Falcons, lower than the 15 deliveries during the same period last year. The company still expects to deliver 70 Falcons this year.
Diamond Aircraft (Booth No. MD-023B) is introducing a new version of its DA40 piston single–the XLT–with an improved, “premium” interior this week at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. The new XLT features several detail enhancements, including molded seat patterns with integrated Diamond embossed padded headrests and improved lumbar contour in both the front and rear seats. All seats are covered with “infrared controlled technology” leather that reflects IR rays in direct sunlight and maintains 20 degree C lower surface temperature than traditional leathers.
EASA certified the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS large-cabin business jets on Monday, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier announced today during the firm’s annual press event in Paris. The manufacturer previously predicted Falcon 2000S certification last year, while the EASA’s nod for the Falcon 2000LXS was anticipated for the first half of this year.
Dassault Falcon has received EASA approval for a supplemental type certificate to install ADS-B Out (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out) on Falcon 50EXs and classic Falcon 2000s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance dates set by airworthiness authorities. The EASA certification follows FAA approval, which was received for both aircraft within the past year.
Duncan Aviation recently certified the installation of an L-3 Communications Avionics Systems GH-3900.2 electronic standby instrument system (including a Securaplane standby instruments backup battery) for the Dassault Falcon 2000 and 2000EX. The installation was done in conjunction with a Pro Line 4 to 21 upgrade. “This installation and certification demonstrates the advantage our organization designation authorization team provides.
While filming a stunt for the Asian version of the popular TV show “Top Gear” in which a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 races a Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter across a racecourse finish line, the pilot of the Cobra lost control of the aircraft and struck the ground. The pilot escaped with minor injuries but the Cobra was destroyed in the crash. The stunt was planned to duplicate one that ran on the original BBC show in 2008.
London Gatwick-based Air Partner played a leading role in a major air logistics operation for Land Rover, which chose Marrakech, Morocco, to present its new fourth-generation Range Rover to some 7,000 car dealers from 53 countries around the world. The operation was carried out in conjunction with the UK car manufacturer and marketing agency P&MM.