Under the FAA/EASA bilateral safety agreement, Germany-based 328 Design (328DO) has gained an FAA STC for the Dassault Falcon 50EX, covering an extensive cabin refurbishment.
The project was achieved in collaboration with USA-based Duncan Aviation. The STC covers the replacement of the legacy IFE/CMS with Honeywell’s Ovation Select HD IFE/CMS, including transmitting portable electronic device (T-PED) connectivity via wi-fi; the replacement of all hard and soft materials; the installation of new LED cabin lighting; and galley modification.
328DO says the validation process posed a number of challenges as the project has been classified as a non-standard STC. However, the difficulties were overcome with extensive collaboration and support from EASA and the FAA.
Jörg Gorkenant, chief operating officer and head of 328DO, led the project. “We are delighted to receive this first STC for the Dassault Falcon 50EX from the FAA,” he said. “328DO has become renowned for its expertise on certification capabilities and this represents another major milestone for the company.”
328DO has amassed STCs and minor modification approvals on various aircraft types. This STC represents the 21st collaboration between 328DO and Duncan Aviation in the past four years. The two companies have worked together on EASA STC approvals for aircraft, including the Bombardier Challenger series and Global Express; the Dassault Falcon 900EX, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 7X; and the Cessna Citation 560XL.
February 25, 2016
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