FAA, EASA Approve Dual HUD for Dassault Falcon 8X

 - July 29, 2022, 11:08 AM
Falcon 8X operators can now install a second FalconEye head-up display as a retrofit, or buyers can option a dual-HUD installation. (Photo: Dassault)

Dassault’s FalconEye head-up display (HUD) is now approved for installation at both pilot stations in the Falcon 8X trijet. Approved by both the FAA and EASA, FalconEye is the first HUD certified with combined vision, which places synthetic vision and infrared and low-light camera imagery on the HUD at the same time.

Pilots can fly non-precision approaches to 100 feet agl in FalconEye-equipped Falcons, but according to Dassault, “The dual-HUD configuration will ultimately permit an EFVS-to-land capability in near zero-zero conditions, pending new EASA regulations.”

The second HUD is available as a retrofit for 8Xs, and Dassault said the dual-HUD FalconEye option will be certified on the forthcoming Falcon 6X and 10X. In the 10X, the dual HUD will be certified as the “primary means of pilot operation” so the primary flight display can be configured for other uses.

The benefits of the dual HUD are that it simplifies FalconEye pilot training and also enhances situational awareness for both pilots. Sharing “the same synthetic and enhanced vision view,” according to Dassault, enables “one to act as ‘pilot flying’ while the other monitors flight conditions.”

“The bottom line is that this approval results in enhanced safety and more capability for Falcons equipped with Dassault’s industry-first FalconEye technology,” said Carlos Brana, executive v-p of civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation.