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Falcon 6X completes 1st flight

Dassault Aviation announced on March 10 that the Falcon 6X completed its 1st flight as planned for Q1 2021, opening the test campaign for certification.

“Today’s flight is another milestone in Dassault history, made all the more satisfying by the remarkable efforts of the entire Dassault organization and its partners over the challenging past year,” said Dassault Aviation Chairman/CEO Eric Trappier.

“We dedicate today’s achievement to Olivier Dassault, who died tragically on March 7. Olivier was a Falcon pilot who perfectly embodied his family’s boundless passion for aviation.”

The Falcon 6X flew as expected. Aircraft s/n 01 lifted off from Dassault’s Mérignac plant and flew for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, with pilots Bruno Ferry and Fabrice Valette testing aircraft handling qualities, engine response, and the behavior of key aircraft systems. The aircraft topped out at 40,000 ft and reached a speed of M0.8.

StandardAero awarded $149 million US Navy contract

United States Navy has awarded StandardAero a $149 million multiyear contract to provide engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Rolls-Royce T56 Series III engines, which power the US Navy and US Marine Corps fleet of C-130s, C-2, P-3, and EP-3 aircraft.

The contract will continue into 2026 with the work being performed at StandardAero’s San Antonio TX facility in the US, and the Winnipeg MB base in Canada.

Satcom Direct, Polaris Aero strengthen bizav flight risk assessment

Satcom Direct is teaming up with Polaris Aero to enhance the risk assessment and mitigation process for mutual SD and Polaris customers.

The new integrated data solution enables SD PreFlight users to automatically send tail number, trip planning, and duty information data to the Polaris FlightRisk application, which analyzes the data to provide an immediate, relevant, risk assessment for each flight to determine if any action or flight plan modifications are needed.


Leonardo AW109 Trekker enters Indonesian market

Leonardo delivered an AW109 Trekker to FlyKomala of Indonesia, adding to the AW109 Grand and GrandNew models operated in the country in corporate, search and rescue (SAR), and utility transport missions.

FlyKomala has been offering helicopter and fixed-wing charter services since 2010, and will use its new Trekker for missions including passenger and utility transport, disaster relief, and emergency support duties.

Airbus delivers 7th H145 to German Armed Force

Airbus Helicopters handed over the 7th and last H145 helo for SAR services of the German Air Force. The previously delivered helos are used for training and field testing, and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich air bases for rescue operations.

Among other features, the helicopters acquired by the operator are equipped with high-performance cameras, search lights, emergency beacon locator systems, a full suite of medical equipment, rescue winches, and load hooks that can be used for fire-extinguishing tanks and other helpful equipment.

SAR operations with the new H145 will begin shortly at the 3rd SAR station at Holzdorf air base.

Bell delivers first 429 helicopter in Cambodia

Bell announced the sale of a 429 model to Cambodian real estate, hospitality, beverages, retail, and banking conglomerate Chip Mong Group – the first Bell 429 sold in Cambodia. “Our acquisition of the state-of-the-art Bell 429 demonstrates Chip Mong’s confidence in Bell to serve our growing businesses.

This 429, combined with the other 2 Bell 505s in our fleet, will allow us to serve our customers in the hospitality and real estate industry.

It will also substantially contribute to Cambodia’s economic growth in line with development efforts and guidance of the Cambodian government,” declared Chip Mong Group Pres Neak Oknha Leang Meng.