Duncan Aviation recently delivered its 56th pair of Aviation Partners winglets installed on Dassault Falcon 900s and 2000s. Morrie Harris’s 15-person airframe team at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility performed 36 of the mods. Team Harris has more than five years of experience installing winglets, and Duncan Aviation has several other teams in Battle Creek as well as its Lincoln, Neb. facility with experience completing the modification.
Dassault Falcon 900
Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority has granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) to StandardAero for installation of the Primus Elite avionics suite developed by Honeywell (Stand 1004) for the Dassault Falcon 900C and Falcon 900EX.
The approval by Brazilian aviation authorities follows receipt of an STC from Transport Canada. Approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency was expected just prior to the opening of LABACE 2013.
Just over 50 years since Dassault Aviation’s first Falcon jet flew in May 1963, the business jet family has never been more crucial to the long-term business of the French manufacturer. Financial results covering the first half of 2013 showed group revenues and profits somewhat dented by factors including a smaller number of Falcon deliveries compared with the first six months of last year (29 aircraft versus 34).
Aviation Partners (API, Stand 1018) is exhibiting for the second time at a LABACE show, according to Gary Dunn, vice president of sales and marketing. While API is highlighting all of its winglet modification programs, in Brazil it is focusing on the market for Falcon jet winglet upgrades. So far, API’s winglet modification for the Falcon 2000 is approved in Brazil, but API is working on adding the Falcon 900 series as well–although there are newer Falcon 900s with factory-equipped API winglets flying in Brazil already.
StandardAero Business Aviation received Brazilian ANAC approval of its Honeywell Primus Elite (DU-875) STC. This follows approval by Transport Canada, and EASA approval is expected soon. The STC replaces the aging CRT cockpit displays on the Falcon 900C/EX with modern LCD displays. StandardAero developed the original STC in March 2011 and was the first MRO certified to perform the installation of Primus Elite on the Falcon 900C/EX.
Vienna-based International Jet Management has signed a deal with Jet Aviation Basel for the MRO to provide line and base maintenance for the company’s fleet of managed and charter aircraft. Currently covered under the terms of the agreement are two Globals, one Challenger 850, two Challenger 605s, one Challenger 604, two Challenger 300s, one Learjet 40, one Citation Excel, seven Falcon 900s, one Falcon 2000 and one GV.
With Dassault Aviation’s ubiquitous Falcon jet family celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it is understandable that the company should take time to reflect on the achievements of the past half-century. But, in reality, Dassault spends far more time making plans for the next 50 years.
Aviation Partners, Inc. (API, Booth 283) is anticipating EASA certification of its winglets for retrofit to Dassault Falcon 50 jets in the coming weeks. The expected approval will be the European counterpart of the FAA supplemental type certificate received in September 2012. The aerodynamic devices are the same “high-Mach blended winglets” currently available on the Falcon 2000 and 900 series (all three Falcon series share the same wing) and are promised to provide drag reduction and corresponding range increase of “5 to 7 percent at typical intermediate to long range cruise speeds.”