Business

May 23, 2012

Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S expected to beat initial performance targets

Tags:

The first green production aircraft is fully assembled at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production plant. It will be ferried to the company’s Little Rock, Ark., completion center in June for outfitting and painting.

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 low-speed 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(TM) 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; a Runway Awareness and Advisory System; WAAS- LPV and RNP SAAAR; Automatic Decent Mode; 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 painting.

Aircraft certification is anticipated by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines July 27, 2015

News: U.S.-Turkey deal aims to create de facto ‘safe zone’ in northwest Syria – Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a de facto “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border under the terms of a deal that is expected to significantly increase the scope and pace of the U.S.-led air war against...
 
 

News Briefs July 27, 2015

Putin OKs maritime code calling for strong Atlantic presence Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a new version of the country’s maritime doctrine that calls for maintaining a strong Russian presence in the Atlantic Ocean amid concerns about NATO expansion. The doctrine, which covers naval, merchant marine and scientific maritime issues, also adds the Antarctic...
 
 
Army photograph by SFC Walter E. van Ochten

U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Army photograph by SFC Walter E. van Ochten U.S. soldiers, of the 3rd Platoon, 615th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, react as they conduct reacting to contact training as part of their situational trai...
 

 
nasa-astronaut

Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and ...
 
 
Army photograph by Sgt. Juana M. Nesbitt

Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Army photograph by Sgt. Juana M. Nesbitt Pvt. Kalmer Simohov, of Parnu, a volunteer with the Estonian Defense League, receives his U.S. Army Airborne wings following the joint airborne operations exercise at a drop zone in Nurm...
 
 

Lockheed Martin, StemRad studying first-responder radiation shield for potential deep-space application

StemRad, Ltd. and Lockheed Martin have initiated a joint research and development effort to determine if StemRad’s radiation shielding technology ñ originally designed for first-responders ñ could help to keep astronauts safe on deep-space exploration missions. This collaboration is part of Lockheed Martin’s ongoing effort to establish international partnerships for human explorat...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>