Dassault has been granted European and US approval for an autobrake feature on the Falcon 2000EX series - 2000EX, 2000EX EASy, 2000DX and 2000LX. Designed for short runways, the feature adds greater safety margins by reducing landing distances by as much as 45m (150ft) on normal approaches and 90m on steep approaches. It will also help to meet the demanding runway requirements of London City airport, where flight tests have already been performed, says Dassault.


NetJets Europe has lowered the cost of entry to its fractional ownership programe by offering a 1/32nd share in its business aircraft. The "trial offer" is equivalent to 25h of flight time a year and starts at $125,000. The lowest share previously offered by the Lisbon, Portugal-based provider was 1/16th, giving the owner 50h of flying time.


Bombardier is acquiring the Saint-Laurent, Quebec facilities of ExelTech Aerospace, following the latter's bankruptcy. The acquisition will increase Bombardier's Global completion centre capabilities for its Global 5000 and Global Express XRS business jets. The 10,685m² (115,000ft²) facility will be operational by the fourth quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the Canadian airframer has delivered its first Challenger 605 and Global 5000 jets to Argentina-based customers.


London Oxford airport has started work on a £3 million ($4.45 million), 4,440m² (47,790ft²) three-bay hangar that will be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul. It will be the largest single facility built at the airport to date. When complete in December it will have increased the total hangarage at the airport by 78% since 2005 to 78,000m².

Source: Flight International