VIDEO: 100th Falcon winglet installation at Duncan


Duncan Aviation has installed its 100th pair of Aviation Partners (API) blended winglets on a Dassault Falcon. The Falcon 900EX received the upgrade at the company’s site in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 2008, Duncan Aviation partnered with API and the OEM to install the API blended winglets on a Falcon 2000EX for STC certification flight test. API subsequently announced Duncan Aviation’s MROs in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Lincoln as the first authorised installers for Falcon blended winglets in 2009. Between the two locations, there are nine airframe maintenance teams with more than 10 years of experience completing this modification on all series of the Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 aircraft.

“It was a 100% partnership,” said Dale Hawkins, Duncan Aviation’s Falcon airframe service sales representative in Battle Creek. “Duncan Aviation and Aviation Partners have a great working relationship. We appreciate their continued support and confidence in the quality of our installations. It is confidence shared by our mutual customers.”

“In the mid-1990s, we completed several Gulfstream II winglet installations at Duncan Aviation, followed by dozens of Hawker 800 series aircraft,” said Gary Dunn, president of API. “With 100 Falcon winglets now complete, Duncan Aviation is both our longest-standing and by far our most prolific authorised installation partner. Congratulations to the entire Duncan Aviation team on this milestone achievement; we look forward to installing many more winglets together in the future.”

On 30 March 2021, Two Bear Management’s Falcon 900EX took off from Duncan Aviation sporting this highly visible technology. The Falcon 900EX was in for the 2C inspection. The work also included the installation of the Gogo Avance L5 connectivity system, new cabin and cockpit USB ports, complete exterior paint, partial interior refurbishment and landing gear overhaul.

“It’s one-stop shopping with a competitive quote at Duncan Aviation,” said Mark Nugent, director of maintenance at Two Bear Management. “We get everything done with one visit. And because this is the 100th pair of winglets they have installed, we know the job was done right.”

Having visited other service centres as a customer, Nugent said of Duncan Aviation, “Their quality and value are very competitive”.

The 101st Duncan Aviation Falcon winglet installation is due in May 2021. In addition to the Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 aircraft families, Duncan Aviation is also an API authorised installation partner for winglet modifications on Hawker 800 series aircraft.

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