Speaking at Dassault’s annual press conference today, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed that the company has ceased production of two slow-selling business jet models–the Falcon 2000DX and 900DX. Another company official explained to AIN that their production rate–only a handful per year–was not justified from a business perspective. Therefore, remaining in production are the Falcon 2000LX, the Falcon 900LX and the Falcon 7X.
Dassault Falcon 20
Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.
Certification of the EASy II flight deck, an upgrade of Dassault’s EASy integrated avionics system for current-production Falcon business jets, has been postponed to later this year, AIN has learned. In explaining the delay, Dassault said it wants the system to be “more mature” at entry into service.
Users of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines can look forward to access to more training locations and online learning tools becoming available to them in the fourth quarter of this year under an agreement signed by the Montreal-based turbine-engine builder and FlightSafety International earlier this year. P&WC announced the agreement at a press conference yesterday here at EBACE.
Dassault is set to receive certification of a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut the landing distances of several Falcon 2000-series airplanes, thus helping the types obtain approval for operations into London City airport. “The system is transparent to the pilot,” chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN today at EBACE. During the approach, the crew just has to activate the autobrake button.
Dassault Aviation last month reported its 2009 sales and delivery totals, and the numbers were mixed. The company ended the year with a net tally of minus 163 Falcon orders but a record 77 deliveries. The company has no plans for job cuts in France, although it has slashed the U.S. workforce by 20 percent since the beginning of the downturn.
To provide Falcon operators throughout the southeastern U.S., Caribbean and South America with the highest level of service and convenience, Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service (Booth No. 4029) is now offering an extensive array of inspection and upgrade services. “Our commitment to support the Falcon
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.
MAC Aircraft Interior Specialists has completed refurbishment of the second of three Falcon 20s for Egypt Air. The first aircraft was finished late last year and work has begun on the third airplane.
Dassault Aviation could launch an all-electric Falcon business jet program in 2014 or 2015, said company engineers at a conference held by the ASTech Paris Region aerospace cluster at the Paris Air Show in June.