Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft and Universal Avionics announced a partnership last month at the NBAA Convention to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments, improving reliability and situational awareness while reducing downtime. The suite will have five high-resolution Universal EFI-890R LED backlit
Dassault Falcon 900
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft and Universal Avionics announced a partnership to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The upgrade will replace 25 older instruments, aimed at improving reliability and situational awareness while reducing downtime. The suite will have five high-resolution Universal EFI-890R LED backlit LCD displays, including an engine indication unit that replaces analog instruments.
Dassault Falcon Jet chairman Charles Edelstenne offered a less-than-glowing look at the current state of business aviation as it struggles with the recession and he noted in a press conference yesterday that there are mixed signals with regard to a recovery.
It was three years ago at the NBAA Convention in Orlando that the industry was faced with the sub-prime crisis, he pointed out. "Today, we are still struggling," he added.
Dassault Falcon's 900LX exterior reminded me a bit of a lady caught without her makeup when I first saw her outside Epps Aviation at Atlanta's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), site of the NBAA Convention static display this year. The aircraft, F-WWFB, had just completed the ferry flight from the Merignac, France assembly facility.
Aviation Partners (API) broaught a Falcon 50 equipped with radical-looking spiroid winglets to AirVenture, the airplane’s first public appearance after a two-month installation job at West Star Aviation in East Alton, Ill. The spiroid winglets are strictly a research-and-development program funded by the U.S. government and are not slated for production.
Dassault’s Falcon 900LX, the newest member of the Falcon line, has won certification from both the EASA and FAA.
Dassault has just received U.S. and European certification for the Falcon 900LX large-cabin business jet, a leggier version of the 900EX. Thanks to its blended winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Inc., the Falcon 900LX features a 4,750-nm range. New city pairs for the trijet now include New York to Moscow and Mumbai to London.
Certification of the EASy II flight deck, an upgrade of Dassault’s EASy integrated avionics system for current-production Falcon business jets, has been postponed to later this year, AIN has learned. In explaining the delay, Dassault said it wants the system to be “more mature” at entry into service.
“We now have an agreement in place with Hawker Pacific in Shanghai to become our next authorized service center (ASC) once all MRO approvals have been granted,” Frank Youngkin, senior vice president of Western hemisphere customer service at Dassault Falcon, told AIN today in an exclusive interview.