Landmark Aviation receives FAA approval of modification to increase rudder control authority on Dassault Falcon 50

TEMPE, Arizona, — Landmark Aviation, an integrated aircraft services provider with major repair and modification centers throughout the United States, today announced that it has received FAA approval to increase Rudder Control Authority for the Dassault Falcon 50. The improvement is available for airplanes with Collins’ APS-85 autopilot or Pro Line 21 avionics suite.

“Landmark Aviation is committed to providing equipment and upgrades that will enhance safety for aircraft operators,” said Brian Watkins, Vice President of Engineering at Landmark Aviation. “This modification increases the aircraft rudder control a full six degrees. Previously, the improvement was only available to operators as part of a larger modification that also replaced the airplane’s engines and avionics suite.”

The benefits of this modification are enhanced lateral maneuverability of the aircraft and increased mission capability so operators have greater control in cross-wind conditions. Aircraft with this modification have the same rudder travel as the Falcon 50EX, which has demonstrated landing with a crosswind component of 30 knots. By contrast, the demonstrated landing crosswind component for a Falcon 50 is 23 knots.

The work will be performed at Landmark’s Springfield, Ill., maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center, a full-service aircraft operation. Landmark maintains an extensive network of MRO facilities throughout the U.S., including Augusta, Ga.; Los Angeles, CA; Little Rock, Ark.; Springfield, Ill.; and Houston, TX.

Landmark Aviation, is one of North America´s largest providers of comprehensive services for the business aviation industry. Serving 43 locations in North America, the company offers a full range of fixed base operations; maintenance, repair and overhaul; aircraft charter, sales and management; and large aircraft completions. Landmark Aviation is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Landmark Aviation is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.