API Blended Winglets Certified for Falcon 900 Series

Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) has received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  Supplemental Type Certificate approval for its High Mach Blended Winglets on the Falcon 900 Series.  European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval is expected to follow shortly.  Certification of the Winglets represents the culmination of a two-year development program and exhaustive flight testing, and comes on the heels of a similar certification for Falcon 2000 series aircraft in April 2009. “With more than 20 pre-STC commitments received this is on track to be our most successful business jet winglet program ever,” says Gary Dunn, API vice president of sales, “We have four installations scheduled to commence within the first few weeks after STC (a 900B, two 900EXs, and a 900EX EASy) and expect to have 10 or more retrofitted and flying by year end.” The Winglets for the Falcon 900 Series are “High Mach” Blended Winglets – this revolutionary new design is optimized for cruise speeds of Mach .80 and higher.  The Winglets provide a drag reduction, and corresponding range increase, of 5 percent at Mach .80 and more than 7 percent at Long Range Cruise (LRC).  In addition, retrofit Winglets for the Falcon 900 series (the same API-designed Winglets as those installed by Dassault on the factory 900LX and 2000LX models) will reduce operating costs and carbon emissions, and provide a dramatic visual enhancement. Installation is available through API’s network of authorized installers including Dassault Aircraft Services (preferred), Duncan Aviation, Jet Aviation (Midcoast), StandardAero and West Star Aviation in the United States; as well as TAG Aviation in Switzerland and Hawker Pacific in Singapore.

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