Dassault has received FAA approval for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 EASy (900EX EASy/DX/LX) and Falcon 2000 EASy (2000EX EASy/DX/LX) models. Thus, the entire in-production Falcon fleet is now both EASA and FAA-certified for glideslopes of up to six degrees. The Falcon 2000EX EASy, retrofitted with autobrakes; the 2000LX, which has standard autobrakes; and the Falcon 900 series are certified to operate at London City Airport. The flagship Falcon 7X has been approved to operate at that airport since early 2009.
Dassault Falcon 7X
Judging by the dominance of business jets at India Aviation 2012, held at Hyderabad in southern India from March 14 to 18, predictions of double-digit general aviation growth in the country have inspired manufacturers and service providers to boost their presence in the market.
India’s ailing airliner sector was conspicuous by its absence from the third biennial show, barring a static display of the Boeing 787 in Air India’s colors and a mock-up of the Russian Irkut MC-21 airliner. Instead, a spurt of announcements relating to India’s business aviation sector lifted spirits.
Dassault Aviation received net orders for 36 Falcons last year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said in March during the company’s annual presentation in Paris, noting a major improvement over 2010, when cancellations took the net total to minus nine. The 2011 orders represented a value of €1.93 billion ($2.5 billion), and the Falcon backlog now stands at €4.2 billion ($5.5 billion).
Dassault’s market share for business jets in Africa has made strides, with 10 Falcons slated for delivery in the region between now and the end of next year. Most of these orders are for the company’s flagship Falcon 7X. Eight examples of the type are already in service in the region. For the first time, Dassault Falcon will attend the Marrakech Air Show, being held tomorrow through Saturday in Morocco.
CAE is launching training services for business aircraft pilots and mechanics in Asia. Starting later this year, the company will introduce programs covering the Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS; the Gulfstream G450 and G550; Dassault Falcon 7X; and the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter. Still to be determined is where in Asia CAE will install training centers to cover the new programs.
It came as no surprise to industry watchers that Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (MSFL) won the recent Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) award for Asian Business Jet Financier of the Year. MSFL has so far signed agreements for, and placed nonrefundable deposits on, more than 100 private aircraft acquisitions in China. The firm’s total registered capital is RMB five billion ($790 million).
CAE is launching training services for business aircraft pilots and mechanics in Asia. From later this year and extending into 2013, the North American company will introduce programs covering the following seven aircraft: Bombardier’s Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS; the Gulfstream G450 and G550; Dassault’s Falcon 7X; and the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter.
Dassault Falcon expects to deliver 20 Falcon business aircraft a year to China over the next five years, and confirmed that it is to open Dassault Falcon Aircraft Services-China by the end of June in partnership with Shanghai Hawker Pacific.
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.
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.