In an unusual public airing of a disagreement between a customer and supplier, Dassault Aviation has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $60 million from Honeywell over delays with the integrated avionics systems in the Falcon 900EX and 2000EX.
Just 387 days after groundbreaking ceremonies last year, Dassault Falcon Jet officially opened a new 40,000-sq-ft aircraft paint facility at its Wilmington, Del. complex on July 29. The facility had actually been up and running long enough for the first airplane it painted to take center stage at the ceremonies.
Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–Taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport, at an altitude of 15 feet, the USA Jet Airlines Falcon encountered “a flock of birds from both sides of the runway” that “swarmed in front of the aircraft” and birds were ingested into both engines.
Genesis 3 Engineering has begun delivering installation kits for its new group RVSM solution for Dassault Falcon 20s.
“Using proven Innovative Solutions & Support equipment and Dassault-endorsed Rosemount probes, the Genesis 3 solution will offer Falcon 20 owners the reliable, cost-effective RVSM installation they have been waiting for,” said Jerry Lowe, president of Woodland Park, Colo.-based Genesis 3 Engineering.
ServiceElements, a customer service motivational and strategy firm, has signed a long-term agreement with Dassault Falcon Jet to provide service strategy consulting and training for the aircraft manufacturer’s aftermarket service and support employees.
Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–The NTSB said the USA Jet Airlines Falcon accident was caused by the “ingestion of multiple birds in each engine at takeoff, which resulted in a complete loss of engine power.” Falcon 821AA was taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport when a flock of birds flew into both engines.
Since the maiden flight of the Falcon 7X on May 5, the 5,700-nm-range trijet has been flying almost daily from Dassault’s flight- test center in Istres, France. By the middle of last month, the 7X had logged 45 hours during 15 flights and had reached Mach 0.82 and 41,000 feet.
Dassault said it received orders for 52 Falcons in the first six months of this year, compared with 62 for the whole of last year. The company, which also said it had orders for 92 Falcon 7Xs as of June 30, forecasts that by year-end it will have orders for 100 copies of the new trijet. The first 7X is earmarked for delivery next spring to Serge Dassault the company’s majority stockholder.
Dassault will decide by early next year whether to launch a smaller Falcon, chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said shortly before the Paris Air Show last month. Production of the small, sleek Falcon 10 ended in 1983. The apparently twin-engine jet Dassault is now considering would be priced at less than $20 million and would be about the size of the Falcon 50 trijet but have less range.
Late last month Dassault flew a Falcon 2000EX EASy with an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) for the first time. The event marked the beginning of a series of flight tests expected to yield European certification by the middle of next year.