Mon, May 11, 2009
Aviation Partners tells ANN that both the FAA and EASA have
granted STC approval for its High Mach Blended Winglets on the
Falcon 2000 Series. Certification of the Winglets represents the
culmination of a three-year development program and exhaustive
flight testing carried out in collaboration with Dassault Falcon
Jet; a working relationship first announced at EBACE in 2007 at the
launch of the 2000LX (the 2000LX is the 2000EX EASy with API
Blended Winglet STC installed in production).
"Anytime you can improve the productivity and performance of an
existing asset, while making it more eco-friendly, is a wise
investment," said Joe Clark, API founder and CEO, "We are doing our
part in a changing world."
The Winglets for the Falcon 2000 Series are "High Mach" Blended
Winglets - this revolutionary new-design is optimized for cruise
speeds of Mach .80 and higher. On the 2000EX the Winglets will
provide a drag reduction of 5 percent at Mach .80, which equates to
a 200+ nm range increase; at long-range cruise speeds the benefits
are even greater. In addition the 5 to 7+ percent fuel savings
provide a significant reduction in emissions.
The current in-service Falcon 2000 series fleet is over 400
aircraft. API has now turned its attention to certifying the same
Winglets for the Falcon 900 series, followed by the Falcon 50.
"With a combined in-service fleet of around 1,200 airframes the
Falcon High Mach Blended Winglets should be our most successful
business jet program to date," said Gary Dunn, API Vice President
API is accepting orders for Falcon 2000 and 2000EX retrofits at
EBACE; and, despite the current global economy has a substantial
backlog of orders. Details of the installation center network will
be announced shortly; downtime for the modification is anticipated
to be around 15 days.
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