French business jet manufacturer Dassault Falcon announced at MEBA its Falcon 2000LX has been granted approval for arrivals and departures at London City Airport (LCY). The airport, in the heart of London, is noted for its short runway (4,327 feet for landing/3,934 feet for takeoff), and aircraft must demonstrate exacting performance to receive approval to use the airport.
"Flying into London City is not only a challenge for aircraft performance, aircraft are also required to be good neighbors and must abide by strict noise procedures," noted John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "Meeting these requirements is not an easy task, but the convenience of flying into the heart of downtown London is highly valuable for business jet operators."
Landing at the airport also requires a much steeper approach than normal (5.5 degree glide path compared with the standard 3.0 degrees). To meet required performance, Dassault equipped the 2000LX with an autobrake feature that reduces landing distances by as much as 300 feet.
The approval applies to European-registered 2000LXs, and Dassault is currently developing a program to gain FAA steep-approach certification, which will allow U.S.-registered 2000LXs to operate at LC