Dassault Aviation this morning reported a negative order intake for the first half of this year due to Falcon business jet order cancellations. While the company logged €900 million ($1.28 billion) in Falcon sales in the first half, down slightly from the €1.1 billion ($1.56 billion) recorded in the same period last year, business jet order cancellations far exceeded sales.
Dassault Falcon recently hosted the first Falcon e-Forum, an Internet-based seminar designed to provide Falcon operators with an exchange of information and best practices. Thirty-two Falcon 7X customers from the U.S., France, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and the UK took part in the first session. The seminars last approximately one hour and focus on one specific topic of interest (or model series) per session.
Dassault Falcon recently hosted its first Falcon E-Forum. Some 32 Falcon 7X customers from the U.S., France, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and the UK took part in the first Internet-based session. The seminar was developed by the manufacturer to provide an exchange of information and best practices with Falcon operators.
Like a lot of young Americans in the late 1960s, Pete Cranick was introduced to aviation through the U.S. military.
“The Navy trained me as a jet mechanic and I was assigned to Hawaii to work on the P-3 Orion,” the president of Phoenix Rising Aviation told AIN. “It was a good deal until we rotated to Adak, Alaska.”
Dassault is slowing the planned production ramp-up this year for its Falcon business jets due to the economic downturn. The target production rate of 10 Falcons per month that was to be reached late this year is thus being reviewed. Last year, the rate was close to eight airplanes per month.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5100) has developed a new addition to its Duncan Design Collection–a shell kit for the Falcon 50EX, the first of which is currently being installed. The shell kit provides for 1.25-inch seated headroom increase, new LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, an oxygen delivery system upgrade and improved signage. The 50EX shell follows the successful Falcon 50 kit, of which 17 have been installed to date.
Phoenix Rising Aviation, an 18-month-old maintenance firm at Drake Field in Fayetteville, Ark., expects this month to receive its first RVSM STC for a Falcon 20, with group approval planned by year-end. The RVSM program is being developed primarily for Falcon 20s equipped with the original Collins AP-105 or Sperry SPC-500 autopilots. Cost is “under $200,000,” including height-monitoring tests. Earlier, Thunder Avionics in St.
Dassault Falcon Jet selected the Nordam Group to manufacture cabinetry for the Falcon 7X. The deal calls for the Tulsa, Okla.-based company to produce full
Despite the current economic downturn, French charter operator Leadair Unijet is rejuvenating its fleet. The Le Bourget-based company is also dropping “Leadair” to make its name simpler. Additionally, Unijet recently opened a broker office in New York and now offers flights to U.S. customers traveling to a major European airline hub and wanting to continue their trip with a business jet.
SimuFlite, which was recently rebranded as GE Capital SimuFlite to emphasize that it is a subsidiary of General Electric, has begun its third major expansion of its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) training center in just six years. The company recently broke ground on a 70,000-sq-ft north wing that will house six simulator bays, additional classrooms and office space.