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Dassault Falcon 6X rollout

Dassault unveiled its new business jet, the Falcon 6X, during an online event streamed on December 8, 2020 from the company’s Charles Lindbergh Hall, in Bordeaux-Merignac, France.

The Falcon 6X rollout, hosted by TV journalist Miles O’Brien, featured Dassault Aviation Chairman & CEO Eric Trappier and Civil Aircraft Sr Exec VP Carlos Brana, and included interviews and videos in a set that had the Falcon 6X in the background.

The new Falcon 6X is powered by twin Pratt & Whitney PW812D engines that enable a top speed of Mach .90 and a max range of 5500-nm (10,186 km).

For the passengers, an ultra widebody offers more space to sit or stand, plus the flexibility to configure the aft cabin to the passengers’ specific needs with enough room for both work and relaxation areas.

And for the pilots, the 6X sports the latest generation of Dassault’s EASy III avionics suite, with the FalconEye Combined Vision System.

The 6X is backed by Dassault’s worldwide support network, including AOG solution FalconResponse and aircraft health monitoring system FalconScan. Certification is expected in 2022, with entry into service later the same year.

Potential pre-departure Covid testing coming for intl ops

NBAA reports that FAA and CDC officials indicate that a policy is imminent to expand pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirements to all US arrivals from international locations.

The new policy will affect international bizjet travelers, and NBAA expects it to reflect a mandate for commercial passengers arriving from the UK to show a negative Covid test from within 3 days of departure.

Exemptions are expected for crew members, children under 2 years, emergency air ambulance flights, and military and law enforcement personnel carrying out orders.


Leonardo makes progress on NH90 helo program

The first of 12 NH90 NFH naval helicopters and the first of 16 of the NH90 TTH overland variant took to the air from Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility and Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane sites, respectively.

Leonardo, in a joint venture with NHIndustries, is responsible for the final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters. The company is also acting as prime contractor for the overall program, and will provide support and training services for flightcrews and maintenance technicians.

First deliveries of the NH90s to the Qatar Emiri Air Force are scheduled to start before the end of this year, with the last helicopter planned to be delivered in 2025.

MD Helicopters signs $34M deal with US Army

MD Helicopters announced an agreement with the US Army worth approximately $34 million to provide logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance helicopter fleet.

The deal is a continuation of manufacturer’s contractor logistics support with the US Army and Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) for the fleet.

According to the contract, MDHI will provide maintenance, repairs, updates, and overhauls of the aircraft stateside in Mesa AZ, and abroad in Kabul, Afghanistan. The estimated completion date for all work is May 31, 2021.