USA-based MRO provider, West Star Aviation has been granted STC approval to install a baggage modification to the Falcon 2000 aircraft, which allows the company to create usable baggage space in the aft unpressurised area.
The modification creates a forward servicing compartment (FSC) panel enclosure with a 21.75 sq.ft. footprint, and 73.5 cu.ft. of usable baggage space. The installation weight of this modification is 52kg (115 lbs) and can accommodate (84-125kg (185-275 lbs) while still allowing access to all common service and maintenance items, with no additional fire detection or suspension needed.
“This installation provides FAA-approved stowage provisions, as it converts existing space into usable and much needed baggage and storage space. It will provide structural restraint for security while still retaining existing aircraft equipment stowage provisions, including tow bar, ladder, engine inlet cover tool and the fly-away kit,” said Eric Kujawa, VP of Falcon product development.
This modification is available to over 500 Falcon 2000 aircraft models and according to West Star Aviation it will have a minimal impact on weight and c.g. balance. To date, the West Star teams have already installed five of the baggage modifications to customers.