The fleet of Dassault Falcon jets in Russia and the CIS countries has doubled over the past five years, with more than 60 Falcon jets now in operation, according to Gilles Gautier, vice president of sales for Dassault Aviation. Seven new aircraft were delivered in the region in the first half of 2013 alone, accounting for 15 percent of Dassault Falcon’s worldwide deliveries.
Dassault Falcon 7X
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive–AD 2013-16-02, effective August 21–for the Dassault Falcon 7X after a runway excursion investigation identified a failure of the aircraft’s nose landing-gear position feedback assembly. The unit was found to produce an incorrect angle signal that resulted in an uncommanded nosewheel deflection that could not be controlled by the pilot.
While analysts are forecasting a slowdown for most Latin American economies in 2013, Bombardier–in its 20-year forecast released in June this year–expects to see an improved market in 2014 and believes that as early as 2016, the Canadian manufacturer will “surpass its prior delivery peak year of 2008.”
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft charter and management firm Elit’Avia opened an office in Accra, Ghana. It is currently managing four business aircraft for West African clients–two Bombardier Global 6000s and a Bombardier Global XRS in Nigeria and a Dassault Falcon 2000 in Ghana. Elit’Avia also expects to take delivery of a Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Challenger 605 for West African clients before year-end, which will almost double the size of its fleet in this region.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Dassault Falcon 7X requiring a new procedure in the airplane flight manual. It was prompted by a report of a runway excursion caused by failure of the nose landing-gear position-feedback assembly. The AD is designed to detect and correct an incorrect angle signal causing an uncommanded nosewheel deflection.
Yasava Solutions, in a joint venture with MCM Design Studio, has taken jet cabin design in a new direction it says is based on “intelligent ergonomics and socio-cultural design.”
In May, the cabin design and engineering firm introduced its dramatic Astral Design Series interior proposals for large-cabin business jets. According to CEO Christopher Mbanefo, the firm has been in talks with major OEMs, and the Astral series was created with the Falcon 7X, Global 6000 and G650 cabins in mind.
While many in the business aviation industry still eye China as fertile territory, a new report from business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) predicts the Greater China market will see less than half the growth it experienced last year. In its First-half 2013 Greater China Fleet Additions Report, the Hong Kong-based company says that the Chinese fleet of new and used business jets is expected to increase by approximately 18 percent this year, compared with 40-percent growth last year (albeit from a smaller base total).
Jet Aviation and Vienna-based Art Aviation have reached an agreement whereby Jet Aviation will serve as the exclusive maintenance provider for Art Aviation’s fleet of aircraft. Founded in 2012, Art Aviation operates two Bombardier Global XRSs, two Global 6000s, a Boeing BBJ1 and a Dassault Falcon 900EX and Falcon 7X. Jet Aviation will provide scheduled base maintenance from its facilities in Basel or Geneva and line maintenance from its Moscow Vnukovo facility.
Dassault Aviation comes to this year’s Paris Air Show with two newly certified business jets: the large-cabin Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. Both received EASA and FAA approvals in March. The first Falcon 2000S was delivered in April to a Turkish customer. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second half for the 2000LXS, when it replaces the 2000LX.
Auch, France-based JCB Aero (Booth 2243) has completed an extensive woodwork job as part of an Embraer Legacy 600 refurbishment, it announced here at EBACE. The describes itself as a fully skilled completion center for business aircraft.