The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) to add the Dassault Falcon 7X to its Part 145 Maintenance Organization approval. This is the first approval by the CAAC for the 7X in China, according to SHPBASC.
Dassault Falcon 7X
Since the Falcon 2000’s introduction in 1996, Dassault has debuted several variants that built on its winning formula of combining a good-sized cabin, attractive fuel economy and range, plus pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large cabin of the business jet.
Dassault Falcon has introduced a new website specifically for the Chinese market: www.dassaultfalcon.cn. Text for the site is presented entirely in Simplified Chinese, giving full details on all Falcon aircraft.
The FAA has issued an NPRM for the Dassault Falcon 7X. An existing AD currently requires revising the Abnormal Procedures and Limitations sections of the Dassault Falcon 7X flight manual. Since issuing the AD the FAA has determined that additional actions are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition.
Jet Aviation is discontinuing completions of Dassault Falcons at its Basel, Switzerland facility, after the center had outfitted more than 130 Falcons under contract with Dassault Aviation, due to lack of demand, according to Jet Aviation spokesman Heinz Aebi.
Jet Aviation has been doing cabin completion work for the French OEM since 1996, including the Falcon 50, 900, 2000 and 7X models. According to Aebi, the 132ndFalcon business jet completed by Jet Aviation was recently delivered two weeks ahead of schedule, “with no open delivery items.”
According to Dassault, the business jet market in the Middle East is recovering thanks to “economic growth and the rise of strong regional and international operators.” The French aircraft manufacturer is seeing deliveries of Falcons pick up in the Middle East, with three Falcon 7Xs being handed over between October and this month to customers in the region. Middle East operators will take a dozen Falcons over the next 24 months, Dassault noted.
Duncan Aviation’s latest expansion, a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop at its Lincoln, Neb. location, is on schedule to open this spring.
The $10.5 million project includes an extension of the ramp at Lincoln Airport, and the shop will accommodate aircraft up to large-cabin business jets, including Bombardier’s Global line, Gulfstream’s new G650 and Dassault’s Falcon 7X.
Hawker Pacific has moved into its new Seletar facility in Singapore. The company has received approval to provide product support for the Dassault Falcon 7X. Hawker Pacific now supports the Falcon 10, 20, 50, 900, 2000 and 7X in Singapore.
Hawker Pacific Singapore has 16 regulatory approvals covering FAA, EASA, India, China, Bermuda and ASEAN countries for all Dassault Falcons. The facility also has 7X approvals from China’s CAAC, the EASA and the FAA.
Dassault Falcon Jet (Chalet CD41) is showing off its award-winning BWM Group Designworks cabin for the Falcon 2000S here at the Singapore Airshow for the first time. The interior is installed in the Falcon 2000LX on the show’s static display.