Dassault hatches new Falcon

  • 18-May-2011 06:55 EDT

Though the Falcon 2000S is built on the 2000 platform, Dassault says that in terms of performance, capability, and style, the 2000S is an entirely new aircraft.

Dassault Aviation's new Falcon 2000S has been designed with inboard slats, high-Mach blended winglets, a new-generation PW308C engine that produces fewer emissions, an entirely new BMW Group DesignworksUSA interior, and redesigned cockpit aesthetics along with the next-generation EASy II flight deck. It is expected to be certified in the end of 2012 with deliveries beginning in early 2013.

“By building on the Falcon 2000 platform, we were able to substantially reduce development costs, which will benefit our customers with a very competitive acquisition price,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “Our proudest accomplishment, though, was designing an aircraft that burns 10% less fuel than aircraft 20% smaller while offering a very competitive price.”

With full fuel, the Falcon 2000S is said to have the largest payload in its class at 1850 lb. Its maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is 41,000 lb with a balanced field length of 4450 ft, which is up to 500 ft less than competing aircraft.

At Mach .80, six passengers, NBAA IFR reserves, and 85% Boeing Annual Winds, the Falcon 2000S is expected to a range of 3350 nmi. It will climb directly to 41,000 ft in 19 min, reach a midcruise altitude of 45,000 ft ,and offer a certified ceiling of 47,000 ft. The aircraft will also be able to land at 95% of its MTOW, or about 39,300 lb, enabling it to tanker more fuel.

With an approach speed of just 108 knot and an advanced autobraking system, the Falcon 2000S will be capable of landing at airports with challenging and steep approaches and shorter runways such as London City Airport. At a typical end-of-flight profile, the Falcon 2000S will need just 2600 ft of runway, or the equivalent length needed for a typical turboprop aircraft.

Some examples of Falcon 2000S city pairs include New York to London or Vancouver; Sao Paulo to Sal, Cape Verde, or San Juan, Puerto Rico; Singapore to Mumbai, Seoul, or Perth; and San Francisco to Miami or Honolulu.

According to Rosanvallon, “Not only is the cabin taller, wider, and more elegant than competing aircraft, it will come equipped with a comprehensive list of standard equipment.”

Its standard floor plan consists of seating for 10 passengers, along with three exclusive color and material schemes that Dassault designed in collaboration with DesignworksUSA.

Along with its unique styling, the Falcon 2000S will be delivered standard with a new Rockwell Collins Cabin Management System that Dassault says "places more controls and convenience" into the hands of passengers making the transition from the office to the aircraft. In addition to saving weight, the new system will provide high-definition viewing for Blu-ray media on wide-screen monitors of up to 19 in.

Functions can be controlled anywhere in the aircraft via an iPod touch or iPhone with a special application that allows the passenger to control a variety of features, including video playback, operation of the optional electronic window shades, and adjustments to lights and temperature.

An AirCell Axxess II satellite communication system is standard, as well as a Honeywell EASy II avionics suite.

Thrust on the 2000S is provided by two Pratt & Whitney 308C engines, proven on the Falcon 2000EX/LX, that will provide 7000-lb max thrust each at ISA+15°C. However, the newest generation of this engine is more environmentally friendly due to a new TALON II combustor. It produces 20% fewer NOx emissions than the previous generation, without any penalty in power. It will also be 40% greener than required by the CAEP/6 regulations being planned for future implementation.

The first Falcon 2000S flew on Feb. 17 in Mérignac, France. Since that time, 40 flights have been flown with 100 flight hours accumulated. The test campaign is expected to conduct 500 flight hours before certification.

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