Hot on the heels of the recently unveiled Falcon 5X, Dassault will make another addition to the Falcon line of business jets and an announcement can be expected next year, Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon told AIN yesterday at the Dubai Airshow. The addition will come at the top of the product line, he said, without revealing further details. Rosanvallon did say it will not replace an existing product.
Elliott Aviation has hired Joe Daugherty to be the MRO provider’s paint and interior sales director. Previously he spent 26 years in aircraft modification and sales, and was most recently the modification sales manager at StandardAero in Springfield, Ill. During his career, Daugherty helped develop the Falcon 20 and Falcon 50 interior retrofit program with Garrett Aviation, helped develop and market new interior shell panels and design configuration for the Falcon 900 and has won multiple awards as top sales performer.
Volvo Aero has launched the Volvo Life Tracking System for “accurately calculating usage of critical engine components.” The product is designed primarily for Volvo Aero’s RM12 engine, which powers the Saab Gripen multi-role fighter.
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.
Raytheon Aircraft is working on an in-house sound-reduction package that aims to lower the noise levels by about 5 db in the Premier I cabin. The interior package will start being installed on the production line in the fall and be retrofittable at no charge to customers, the company said.
Gerber Technology has begun expanding its business aviation activity with the sale two new Taurus XM cutting systems to interior components specialist B/E Aerospace. The machine is designed to reduce waste when cutting leather, fabrics, foams and vinyls.
Duncan Aviation recently installed its 10th Duncan Design Shell Kit for the Falcon 50. As part of the program, Duncan guts a customer airplane and installs the shell, providing an upgraded interior in 10 to 12 weeks of downtime. Installation of the kit, said Duncan, increases headroom by two inches. The kit also includes new LED lighting, oxygen and ordinance signs.