- May 23, 2008, 7:33 AM
Flight testing of the Falcon 2000EX, a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C-powered version of the Falcon 2000, began on October 25. During its 1 hr 45 min first flight from Dassault’s facility in Merignac, France, the 2000EX reached 35,000 ft and Mach 0.82. In addition to its 3,800-nm range (a 25-percent improvement– nearly 900 nm–over the CFE738-powered Falcon 2000), the 2000EX is expected to climb to 41,000 ft in 21 min. Although the new derivative will initially be equipped with Collins Pro Line 4 avionics, starting in 2004 all 2000EXs will feature the EASy flight deck being developed jointly by Dassault and Honeywell. Launched in October 1999, the $24 million 2000EX is scheduled for certification in the third quarter of next year and is expected to enter service in early 2003. Dassault plans to continue production of the $21 million Falcon 2000 until at least 2004.