Flight test milestone for Falcon 2000S
Dassault newest aircraft, the Falcon 2000S has completed its first year of flight testing. The test aircraft has accumulated nearly 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights.
“The Falcon 2000S flies so smoothly that many pilots will want to operate it manually,” said Jean-Louis Dumas, Dassault’s flight test pilot. “We’ve found that the aircraft handles well in all aspects of the flight envelop while offering very large safety margins.”
The certification process is continuing, engineers will test and fine-tune the aircraft anti-ice system and verify the integration of EASy II, the next generation of Dassault proprietary, award-winning avionics suite. EASy II will include options like a Synthetic Vision System (SVS); Take Off and Go Around capability (TOGA); a Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS); WAAS- LPV and RNP SAAAR; Automatic Decent Mode (ADM); XM Graphical Weather and ADS-B Out.
The Falcon 2000S will also undergo trials to allow it to be certified for steep approaches such as London City Airport. Certification is anticipated for the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.
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