Company Applies For European Certification
Premier Aircraft, LLC tells ANN its Falcon 50 performance
upgrade -- known as 50Dash4 -- is beating its guarantees for speed,
range and time to climb, and has resulted in application to the
European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) for certification to
satisfy growing demand in Europe.
The launch operator, a private foundation that uses the airplane
world-wide and into remote areas, has logged over 40 flight hours
in regular service operation, reporting up to 25 KTAS higher cruise
speeds, 30% reduction in time to climb and 4,000 ft higher initial
cruise altitudes. The reported fuel burn reductions are in the
order of 8% to 10% per mission.
"The range/payload flexibility of the Falcon 50, already a good
performer, has been raised to new heights with the 50Dash4
Upgrade," said Premier president Jim Swehla, "yielding operational
advantages that are really paying off."
Premier also states the 50Dash4 upgrade results in the
certification of the Falcon 50 to Stage 4 noise criteria, which
will become a requirement in both the US and Europe.
As ANN reported, Premier
received an FAA STC for the 50Dash4 performance upgrade in January
of this year.
To meet growing demand for the upgrade from EU customers,
Premier Aircraft has begun the formal process of seeking EASA
certification. Ken Shimabukuro, 50Dash4 program manager, is
coordinating the effort with the FAA's Long Beach Aircraft
Certification Office (ACO).
"In addition to its outstanding performance, the 50Dash4 STC is
certified to the upcoming Stage 4 noise criteria. This makes the
Falcon 50 equipped with the 50Dash4 upgrade an attractive
investment for existing or future owners," Shimabukuro says, adding
he estimates EASA certification will be complete within six