Though barely one year into flight testing, Dassault’s
newest aircraft, the twin-engine Falcon 2000S, is already demonstrating performance figures
substantially higher than the capabilities announced when the program was launched on the eve
of last year’s show.
To date, the test aircraft has accumulated more than 300 flight hours in over 130 flights and
opened up the full flight envelope and demonstrated excellent handling qualities.
The last phase of the campaign revealed that low-speed performance will be significantly better
than targeted figures, up to 10% for landing distances. Low-speed performance is not only a key
factor for safety, but also determines range/payload characteristics when operating out of or into
short or constricted airfields.
The 2000S is outfitted with inboard slats and winglets that work together to reduce landing
speed and, together with a unique auto brake system, make it possible to access shorter and
more challenging runways than any other airplane in its category. The better-than-expected lowspeed performance will greatly expand the number of secondary airports the aircraft can serve.
“We’re extremely satisfied with the test results. The increased performances are testimony to the
excellent aerodynamic characteristics of the Falcon 2000” said Olivier Villa, Senior Vice
President, Civil Aircraft of Dassault Aviation.
Meanwhile, the test campaign for the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney Canada enhanced PW308C
engine, which has undergone 80 hours of flight testing on its flying test bed and 250 hours of
ground testing, is proving that the Falcon 2000S will also be economical to operate and
environmentally friendly, too. The engine’s compact TALON II™ combustor will allow the engine
to meet Zurich V emissions standards with margin to spare.
In later phases of the flight test process, the enhanced PW308C engines will fly on the
Falcon 2000S to complete the elements required to achieve certification later this year. The new
engines have arrived at Dassault’s Istres test facility near Marseille and will be installed in the
next few days. The new capabilities built into the enhanced PW308C engine will leverage the
excellent in-service performance of the PW308C series which has accumulated more than
892,000 hours of flying time.
Also still to come are integration and flight tests certification of the Falcon 2000S’s EASy II flight
deck. EASy II, the second generation of Dassault’s proprietary, award-winning avionics suite, will
offer features such a Synthetic Vision System (SVS); a Runway Awareness and Advisory
System (RAAS); WAAS- LPV and RNP SAAAR; Automatic Decent Mode (ADM); XM Graphical
Weather and ADS-B Out.
The first green production aircraft is fully assembled at Dassault’s Bordeaux production plant. It
will be ferried to the company’s Little Rock, Ark. completion center in June for outfitting and