Dassault Improves BizJet Bad Weather Approach Capability

The Falcon 2000XLS is one of the aircraft that can now be certified to land with a visibility of just 100 feet. Dassault Falconjet photo

Dassault’s Falcon 900LX, Falcon 2000LXS and Falcon 2000S have been recently certified by both EASA and the FAA for an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) capability that greatly improves access to airports in bad weather. With the new certification, these aircraft will be able to land in weather with visibilities down to 100 feet. The new EFVS capability, provided through Dassault Aviation’s FalconEye Combined Vision System (CVS) and its combination of six fused sensors, was previously certified on the Falcon 8X ultra-long range trijet following the completion of joint EASA/FAA trials last year.

Dassault's FalconEye is the first head-up display (HUD) to simultaneously show separate synthetic, database-driven terrain mapping and enhanced thermal and low-light camera images. It also allows pilots to adjust the split between synthetic vision system (SVS) and enhanced vision system (EVS) imaging areas to suit visibility conditions, providing a much-enhanced level of situational awareness. The FalconEye option has been available on the two-engine 2000LXS/2000S and the three-engine 900LX since October 2016 and on the Falcon 8X since early 2017. The system will also be available on the new Falcon 6X ultra widebody twinjet, due to enter service in 2022.

By next year, the FalconEye is also expected to have certified the addition of a dual head-up display configuration to support an EFVS-to-land capability, allowing pilots to fly a full approach to land that will not require any natural vision to see the runway.

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