Dassault’s FalconWays Uses Route Optimization to Target Carbon Emissions

The new FalconWays tool from Dassault Aviation allows Falcon jet pilots to find the most fuel-efficient routing.

The FalconWays flight planning tool is projected by Dassault Aviation to save tons of CO2 emissions over the course of implementation in the Falcon fleet. [Courtesy of Dassault Aviation]

The new FalconWays tool from Dassault Aviation allows Falcon jet pilots to find the most fuel-efficient routing. One benefit—besides the cost savings involved? The reduction in carbon emissions from the lower fuel burn overall. 

FalconWays uses updated global wind data, route optimization, and performance algorithms that are specific to the model. The tool will be delivered to pilots via the Dassault FalconSphere iPad electronic flight bag (EFB), and it’s compatible with both Jeppesen and Universal flight planning software.

Testing of the new app took place across continents and oceans, between the U.S. and Europe, and throughout Asia. Crew saw fuel reduction up to 7 percent on the actual flights, while others were made in simulation to prove the operational capability of the tool.

“Our new FalconWays flight app is part of our company’s broader commitment to sustainable flying,” said Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Éric Trappier. “It will help Falcon customers reach a new level of operational efficiency while reducing aviation emission levels.” 

Route optimization uses updated worldwide wind data to current flight plans in operation to suggest alternate routing to save fuel. [Courtesy of Dassault Aviation]

First in the Falcon 6X

Dassault’s engineering team designed the FalconWays app in concert with the flight operations department. It’s set to debut as the recently certificated Falcon 6X enters service in the coming weeks. Optimization into the Falcon 8X will come early next year, on the 7X before the end of 2024, and for the Falcon 2000LXS/S by early 2025.

Pilots download global wind information to combine with the flight plans in use, in-house performance tools, and vertical, lateral, and Mach-number-optimization data.

Dassault will have the app available for demonstration at its exhibit on the static display at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Expo from October 17 through 19, in Las Vegas.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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