The two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the 2000S and 2000LXS, have received EASA certification. Approval from the FAA is expected to follow shortly.
Unveiled in May 2011, the Falcon 2000S is the new entry level jet in the Falcon family. Equipped with a full slate of standard features, including upgraded EASy II avionics, FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system and a brand new fixed-configuration cabin designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the Falcon 2000S brings large cabin comfort to the super mid-size segment.
At M.80, the Falcon 2000S has a range of 3,350 nm (standard aircraft, 6 pax, NBAA IFR reserves, 85% Boeing Annual Winds). The balanced field length is 4,325 ft (SL, ISA) at a MTOW of 41,000 lb; it climbs directly to 41,000 feet in 19 minutes, reaches a mid-cruise altitude of 45,000 feet and offers a certified ceiling of 47,000 feet. The aircraft can also land at 95% of its MTOW, or about 39,300 lb, enabling it to tanker more fuel.
Additionally, with an approach speed of only 107 knots, the Falcon 2000S is capable of landing at airports with challenging, steep approaches and short runways. At a typical end-of-flight profile, the Falcon 2000S needs just 2,315 feet of runway – better than super mid-size jets and even comparable to a typical turboprop aircraft.
The Falcon 2000S will begin deliveries in the second quarter of 2013.
The 4,000 nm Falcon 2000LXS, announced in October 2012, combines the short field performance of the 2000S with the longer range capabilities of the 2000LX. Featuring the same inboard slats and winglets as the 2000S model, the aircraft has a balanced field length of 4,675 ft (SL, ISA) at 42,800 lb of MTOW, and offers the same landing performance than the Falcon 2000S.
The airplane will come standard with the EASy II avionics suite and FalconCabin HD+ entertainment system and customers can specify the interior of their choice. The Falcon 2000LXS will replace the 2000LX by the end of 2013.
The two-year-long flight test campaign for the two new models demonstrated short-field and low-speed performance substantially better than targeted figures, greatly expanding the number of airports the two aircraft can serve. Each will be certified to land at London City. Upgraded Pratt & Whitney PW308C engines make both models economical to operate and environmentally friendly. The engine’s TALON II combustor will provide significantly fewer emissions.
“The new Falcons display the same outstanding comfort, performance and efficiency that have made the Falcon 2000 one the most successful large cabin twinjet models in the industry,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet, noting nearly 500 units have been delivered since the first Falcon 2000 took to the air on March 4, 1993.
EASy II for 2000 EASy Series Approved
EASA simultaneously approved use of Dassault’s proprietary, award-winning EASy II avionics suite on Falcon 2000 EASy series aircraft. All in-service versions of the Falcon 2000 equipped with EASy cockpits (EX, DX and LX) will eventually receive the EASy II upgrade once corresponding service bulletins are approved.
Among the new options and enhancements offered by EASy II are a Synthetic Vision System (SVS); improved display symbology; XM Weather; Flight Management System (7.1) improvements; dual Jeppesen charts; a Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS); ADS-B out; and WAAS and EGNOS LPV approaches.