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Premier Aircraft Selects Flight Test Associates to Evaluate Enhanced Performance of Falcon 50-4 Aircraft

Premier Aircraft Selects Flight Test Associates to Evaluate Enhanced Performance of Falcon 50-4 Aircraft
Premier Aircraft Selects Flight Test Associates to Evaluate Enhanced Performance of Falcon 50-4 Aircraft
(East Alton, IL, April 2005] Pictured from left to right: John Ligon, President, Flight Test Associates, Arthur Barth, DER Test Pilot, Flight Test Associates, Marilyn Feigl, Director of Engineering, Premier Air Center, Ken Shimabukuro, Program Manager, Premier Aircraft, Sam Haycraft, Vice President of Maintenance Operations, Premier Air Center, Jim Swehla, President Premier Aircraft

East Alton, IL, April 26, 2005 -- Premier Aircraft, LLC, has selected Flight Test Associates Inc. (FTA), of Mojave, California, to test, calibrate and compute the performance improvements derived from the Honeywell TFE-731-4 engines on Premier's Falcon 50-4 testbed aircraft. FTA will perform engineering and aircraft testing from the Mojave airport.

The Falcon 50-4™ is a performance upgrade program from Premier Aircraft for the Dassault Falcon 50 originally equipped with TFE-731-3 powerplants.

Premier Aircraft will manage the program and own the supplemental type certificate (STC). In collaboration with Premier, FTA will handle flight test planning, design and analysis for engine, nacelle and instrumentation modifications, as well as the ground and flight testing of unmodified Falcon 50 aircraft S/N 28 to establish baseline performance. The Falcon 50 will then be modified and tested against those baseline figures to calculate the certifiable performance improvements.

"We chose FTA because of their experience and expertise in STC development for high performance aircraft," said Jim Swehla, President, Premier Aircraft. "They lead the industry in FAA performance STCs, providing complete flight test services, FAA certification, engineering design, and aircraft modification and maintenance."

The Falcon 50-4 performance upgrade program was announced at the National Business Aviation Association 2004 Convention in October. In early 2005, over 20 qualified inquiries were identified for the aircraft whose defining feature is increased performance over the original Falcon 50. The upgraded aircraft will provide longer range, increased hot-high performance (for significantly increased payloads), increased climb performance and higher cruise thrust, than the original-specification aircraft.

In March, the aircraft passed its first engineering milestone which was the integration test of the existing nacelle and new engine nozzle at Honeywell's engine facilities in Phoenix, AZ. The awarding of the STC is planned for the fourth quarter of 2005.

California-based Flight Test Associates Inc. performs flight test services, FAA certification services, aircraft modification, maintenance and repair, engineering design and procurement management.

Premier Aircraft, LLC is a limited liability company formed by Premier Air Center, Inc. of East Alton, Illinois and Yankee Pacific, LLC, a New Hampshire-based aviation investment and business development company.

Premier Aircraft Selects Flight Test Associates to Evaluate Enhanced Performance of Falcon 50-4 Aircraft
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