A Falcon maintenance technician training program that blends CAE simulation-based theoretical instruction with the option for practical aircraft experience at Dassault’s factory is marking its second year in Bordeaux, France. The EASA-approved four- to five-week B1/B2 training program has trained more than 200 Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy and Falcon 2000EX EASy technicians from around the world for Falcon operators, the Dassault front-line customer service team and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
Dassault Falcon 900
Aviation Partners received STC approval from Transport Canada for its high-Mach, blended winglets on 900-series Dassault Falcons last week. The company obtained an FAA STC in September and EASA approval is expected “imminently.” The company plans to install the Falcon 900 winglets on its first Canadian-customer aircraft in January.
Falcon 900 and 2000 operators now have a new tool available to help reduce operating costs and improve dispatch availability. Falcon Dispatch Plus, developed by Dassault in partnership with its factory-authorized service centers, is based on a fleet analysis of more than 900 Falcons. Dassault learned which modifications and improvements are the most effective in reducing costs and downtime then developed a package that combines them.
Dodson International recently acquired the only Falcon 900 in the world currently being dismantled for parts and spares.” This aircraft was the one that Dassault used for its 900EX EASy brochure. She was a beauty until she got crushed at Dulles during the snowstorm.
The FAA granted supplemental type certification to Aviation Partners for its Falcon 900 High Mach Blended Winglets on September 2. Aviation Partners expects EASA certification to follow shortly. The Blended Winglets program for the Falcon 900 took two years and involved “exhaustive flight testing,” according to the company.
The FAA issued approval to Dassault Falcon for the EASy II flight deck in June, shortly after the EASA granted its approval.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) released its updated safety review of the on-demand air charter industry yesterday. The “Part 135 Incident/Accident Review” takes a comprehensive look at the factors surrounding charter incidents and accidents from 2004 to the end of last year.
Dassault Falcon declined to release pricing information on EASy II and its optional features. However, AIN contacted a Falcon 900 operator who is planning on upgrading to EASy II, and he provided some preliminary pricing that he was given for budget-planning purposes. The approximately $1.1 million total breaks down as follows:
Air Works India, an MRO based in Mumbai, was named today at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) in Geneva as an authorized service center (ASC) by Dassault Falcon. Initially it will serve as a line service center offering 24-hour troubleshooting, line maintenance and inspections, up to 2B, for the Falcon 900EX and 900EASy series.
Aviation Partners (Stand 674) of Seattle, Washington, said the first certified scimitar-tip blended winglets are now flying on a Hawker 800. The patented scimitar tip is an aerodynamic change to the tip cap of the existing blended winglet, providing an additional 0.5-percent drag reduction over the existing 7.3 percent at long-range cruise.