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Falcon Jets Approved for Steep Approaches

 - May 13, 2012, 1:15 AM
Both the Falcon 2000EX EASy and the Falcon 900 series, fitted with the EASy flight deck, have received certification from the FAA and EASA allowing them to fly steep approaches to airports such as London City.

Dassault Aviation (Stand 7090) said it received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 and 2000 series models fitted with the EASy flight deck, based on Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite. Both model series had earlier received steep-approach certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

With the recent FAA and EASA approvals, the entire current production Falcon fleet is now certified for steep approaches, which permits aircraft to operate at restricted airports with approach angles of up to 6 degrees, Dassault said. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the Falcon 900LX and 7X trijets and the twin-engine Falcon 2000LX and new 2000S. “Dassault Falcon is the only business aircraft manufacturer to have both EASA and FAA steep-approach approval for all of its in-production models,” noted John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon president and CEO.

The Falcon 2000EX EASy aircraft retrofitted with autobrakes and the 2000LX, which has autobrakes as standard equipment, are certified to operate out of London City Airport as are the Falcon 900 series of aircraft. Other airports requiring steep-approach certification include Lugano-Agno Airport, with a 6.65-degree approach angle, and Sion Airport, both in Switzerland.