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FAITHFUL ABOUT TO FLOCK
It's that time of year again. If you're in or near Las Vegas in
mid-October -- the 12th through the 14th, to be exact -- it will be
hard to ignore the coming invasion of business aviation's faithful for
the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) 57th Annual
Meeting and Convention. Just about everywhere you look -- except maybe
the roulette tables -- you'll see ads, banners and the odd airframe
manufacturer's logo adorning a bus or limo, all extolling the virtues
of BA. You'll also be rubbing elbows with as many as 30,000 attendees
visiting over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 100 aircraft on static
display. When all that becomes too much, you can sidle into a seminar
session covering just about every topic, from security to substance
abuse. Attendees will also get the skinny on new airframes from Cessna
-- a new Citation model, probably -- and Aerion -- a start-up aiming
to launch a supersonic bizjet -- among others. Additional topics for
detailed discussion will be the Transportation Security
Administration's latest shot across GA's bow, a new rule expanding
previous reporting and background-check requirements for foreign
nationals wishing to obtain flight training in the U.S. Look for
detailed coverage of what's news at this year's NBAA convention in the
next edition of AVweb's BizAvFlash. More...
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MARKS 20TH FALCON 900 ANNIVERSARY...
French airframer Dassault this month reminded the industry that a
Friday some 20 years ago -- Sept. 21, 1984, to be exact -- saw the
first flight of its venerable Falcon 900 trijet. That initial flight,
from Merignac, France, has since spawned more than 330 copies and five
different versions of the trans-Atlantic bizjet, including the 900DX
scheduled for certification in December 2005. More...
NEW OPS CENTER AT TEB...
Almost at the same time as it celebrated the 900's 20th anniversary,
Dassault opened a new Flight Operations Center at the Teterboro (N.J.)
Airport. According to the company, the new facility will be home to a
23-person flight operations department and the Falcon demonstration
fleet. It will also house three local field service representatives.
The new facility is directly across from Dassault Falcon Jet's
headquarters. "Having the Flight Operations Center so close means that
we can more easily show our customers and operators our products; meet
with customer flight crews; and enhance the spec and design process in
one visit," said Matt Boyle, senior vice president and general counsel
at Dassault Falcon. More...
NAMES ERIC MONSEL VP OF PROGRAMS
Dassault earlier this month named Eric Monsel vice president of
programs as replacement for the retiring Marc Valle, who has been with
the company in numerous capacities since 1967. In his new position,
Monsel -- who most recently served Dassault as deputy vice president
of engineering in Merignac, France -- will coordinate all new Falcon
options and new projects developed for the completion programs. "Eric
comes to this new position at a unique time for Dassault Falcon," said
John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet
Corporation. "The first 7X is nearing completion and will take flight
in the second quarter of 2005 and our EASy flight deck was recently
certified in our most popular airplane, the 2000EX."
WATCH: ANOTHER MISSTEP?
When it first opened its doors and began it primary mission, the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began to be called "Too
Stupid to Ask," a reference to the then-new agency's uncanny and
repeatable ability to act first and then ask questions of the industry
it was trying to regulate. As it became more accustomed to its role --
and as people more experienced with the airline industry came aboard
and were actually listened to by top management -- industry's problems
with the TSA lessened in severity, if not number. Now, however, as the
agency seemingly catches its breath with many of the challenges of
airline security tamped down, "mission creep" has become the watchword
among many outside observers. Even though its newest role was handed
to it by Congress, that watchword is coming home to haunt a general
aviation industry still wrestling with the impact of the new rule on
flight training dropped on desks last week. Among the major issues
with the new rule is the short time frame allowed to flight schools,
independent CFIs and many other flight-training providers to
understand and comply with the rule before its two effective dates:
Oct. 5, for training in an aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds,
and Oct. 20, for training in smaller ones. But, it's not like no one
knew this was coming. More...
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G550 MARKS ONE YEAR
While Dassault was celebrating the 20th year of its flagship bizjet
line, Gulfstream Aerospace marked the first anniversary its
large-cabin G550's entry into service. Not content to merely push them
out the door during the past year, Gulfstream pilots flying the G550
established more than 10 city-pair speed and distance records as well
as a long-distance, nonstop 7,301-nautical-mile flight between Seoul,
South Korea, and Orlando, Fla., according to the company. And, in May,
the G550 development team was awarded the Collier Trophy for its work
on the G550, described as an innovative aircraft that offers
measurable safety enhancements and practical, applicable and useful
advances in aerospace technology. More...
COLLINS GETS CHALLENGER 300 SIM NOD
Rockwell Collins announced this month that its NLX subsidiary received
FAA Level D qualification on the company's Bombardier Challenger 300
Full Flight Simulator. For NLX, which was acquired by Rockwell late
last year, the paperwork marks the first commercial aircraft flight
simulator for Bombardier. New to the business aviation simulator
market, NLX markets a wide range of training systems and technical
services for many military and commercial platforms. These include the
U.S. Navy's P-3C Visual System Modifications and the Black Hawk Flight
Simulator for the U.S. National Guard, in addition to the Bombardier
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NAMES GRAND U.S. LAUNCH CUSTOMER
Agusta Aerospace Corporation said this month that Seacor Holdings Inc.
will be the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry launch customer for its
recently announced Agusta Grand light twin turbine helicopter. The
Grand was unveiled at the recent Farnborough air show; deliveries are
to start in 2005. Seacor is an international provider of marine
transportation services to the petroleum industry. The Agusta
Grands spacious cabin, high cruise speed and payload/range
capability are important considerations for our helicopter operations.
We are excited about the potential of the Agusta Grand, says Ed
Washecka, vice president at Seacor. More...
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