Dassault Aviation’s “FalconEye” combined vision system has received European Aviation Safety Agency and U.S. FAA certifications aboard the company’s Falcon 8X trijet.
The head-up display (HUD) blends synthetic, database-driven terrain imaging and actual thermal and low-light camera images into a single view, increasing situational awareness in poor weather and all flight conditions.
Dassault partnered with Elbit Systems on FalconEye, which incorporates a fourth-generation multi-sensor camera to present images in both the visible and infrared spectrums. Images are combined with three worldwide synthetic vision databases that map terrain, obstacles, navigation and airport and runway data.
The certification on the 8X follows earlier approvals on the Falcon 2000 series and the Falcon 900LX. Leading up to certification, Dassault engaged in a two-year test campaign that covered all types of operating service, including fog, mist, snow and other severe weather conditions.
FalconEye is offered as an option on the Falcon jets, and Dassault noted that almost all 8X customers have selected the system. Plans call for FalconEye to be qualified for use on both a single HUD and in dual-HUD configuration on the 8X, which entered service in October 2016.