Dassault’s unexpected announcement here in Geneva on Monday of the new 2000S model fills a crucial entry-level gap at the lower end of the Falcon family. It also suggests that the company’s long-planned SMS development will in fact fit a different niche than its “super-midsize” working title suggests.
Dassault Falcon 900
Honeywell’s EASy II upgrade for the Falcon 900 EASy received FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval from the FAA and is slated for certification in the 900 EASy later this year.
Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln facility has been granted additional Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) repair station certificate authorizations. They were added to the MRO’s current certificate after a CAAC audit of the Duncan Aviation facility in Lincoln. Newly authorized airframes include the Falcon 900DX, 2000 and 7X.
Dassault has ceased production of its Falcon 2000DX and Falcon 900DX, CEO Charles Edelstenne revealed at the company’s annual press conference on March 17. Another company official explained to AIN that the small market for the airplanes–only a handful are produced each year–did not justify their continued production. The DX letters designated shorter-range versions of the Falcon 2000 and 900, offered at a hoped-for attractive price.
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.
IBM’s content and archival management software allows Dassault to store, archive and preserve the integrity of the critical 3-D design and data models of its aircraft for the entire lifecycle.
Duncan Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate for installation of Aircell's cabin telecommunications router, which supports Wi-Fi access in the cabin for Aircell's Gogo Biz inflight Internet service. The STCs are applicable for the Hawker 800XP and 850XP, and the Falcon 900, 2000 and 2000EX EASy.
Dassault’s Falcon 2000LX has been granted approval to operate at London City Airport (LCY). Located in the heart of London, the airport is noted for its short runway (4,327 feet for landing and 3,934 feet for takeoff), and aircraft and their crews must demonstrate exacting performance to receive approval to use it.
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho has partnered with Universal Avionics to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments with an integrated avionics suite offering improved reliability, greater situational awareness and reduced maintenance downtime.
From a distance, the exterior of the Dassault Falcon 900LX–F-WWFB–reminded me of a lady caught without her makeup when I saw her sitting on the ramp outside Epps Aviation at Atlanta's Peachtree Airport (PDK).