The Dassault Falcon 8X has cleared regulatory hurdles to allow more technology to the pilots that fly them. The aircraft maker announced Monday that the FAA and EASA have approved use of its advanced dual heads-up display, known as FalconEye, on the very-long-range trijet.
Dassault says it adds to the aircraft's industry-leading low visibility operations capability. The dual HUD configuration will permit an EFVS-to-land capability in near zero-zero conditions, according to the company, pending new EASA regulations.
Dassault says some Falcon 8X operators have already scheduled installation of the new mod, which allows both pilots to share the same synthetic and enhanced vision view, enabling 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 vice president of civil aircraft at Dassault Aviation.RELATED STORIES: WATCH: Falcon 8X flies through Star Wars Canyon - photos, video andamp; reaction New video from Dassault Falcon shows 8X slicing through Star Wars CanyonDassault Falcon 10X is one step closer to entering serviceFalcon 6X pushed to its limits in -35 degree temperatures during cold soak trialsDassault expects the dual HUD option to be certified on the Falcon 6X, due to enter service mid-2023, and on the ultra-long-range Falcon 10X, planned for certification in late 2025.The dual HUD on the Falcon 10X will take an even more advanced level in which it can serve as the "primary means of pilot operation," Dassault says, freeing pilots to configure the instrument panel's primary flight display for other uses.
In 2016, Dassault introduced FalconEye, the first head-up display (HUD) system to combine synthetic, database-driven terrain mapping and actual thermal and low-light camera images. Today, single HUD-equipped aircraft with FalconEye can fly non-precision approaches to 100 feet.
Dassault's current HUD and FalconEye-equipped aircraft can now operate to 200 feet with a 30%unway visual range (RVR) credit without any flight-department-specific EASA approval required. EASA eased approval requirements after considering technology improvements over the past two decades.