Dassault Close To Falcon 7X Trim Fix
Dassault says it has a fix for the runaway trim problem that grounded the fleet of Falcon 7X business jets three weeks ago. The company announced earlier this week it developed a combination software and hardware mod for its flagship aircraft that will address the glitch. It's tested and validated the fix and is now waiting for European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to start implementing it. The approval is said to be imminent.
Last week, Falcon 7X owners were allowed to ferry aircraft to service centers in advance of the fix being approved. Dassault has set up facilities at it factories, service centers and at specially designated retrofit centers in Bordeaux, France and Little Rock, Arkansas. There are 112 Falcon 7Xs flying and owners, including some heads of state, are anxious to get them back in the air. Dassault asked EASA for an order grounding the aircraft May 25 when a crew experienced a pitch trim problem. They were able to get the aircraft under control and land safely.