February

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In early February, in St. Cloud, France, Dassault performed the first simulated flight of the Falcon 7X, establishing a preliminary standard for its fly-by-wire controls. And on Jan. 29, at Dassault Aviation's facility in Mérignac, France, 2000EX EASy serial number 6 took to the skies for the first time. Dassault's EASy flight deck, a fully integrated cockpit-management system, has been in development since the mid-1990s. On Feb. 10, Cleveland-based Flight Options announced the appointment of John P. Nahill, 38, as chief executive officer. Nahill replaced Kenn Ricci, who will continue to serve as an advisor to Flight Options. In January, Eclipse Aviation gathered some of its customers to update them on the complications caused by the company’s decision to abandon the Williams EJ22 engine. On Feb. 3, the company issued a news release detailing the facts and figures released during that meeting. From the failed business file, Nimbus Group Inc. announced earlier in the month that its chief technology officer and chief financial officer resigned, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company, which planned to offer a fleet of jet charter aircraft, eventually opted to drop its proposed jet charter business.