Falcon operators are a loyal bunch and with good reason. For more than 50 years the Falcon name has been synonymous with quality and performance, providing a superior flying experience for pilots and passengers alike. No wonder Dassault Falcon has become one of the world’s leading business aircraft brands.
The Falcon 900C and EX have long been mainstays of the Falcon fleet. But with advancing technology and coming avionics mandates, many 900C and EX operators are faced with a dilemma. Should they invest in new aircraft or keep their current airplanes and upgrade the avionics suite?
Dassault Falcon and Honeywell have an easy answer for operators who would like to extend the service life of their assets: the Elite II program.
“Elite II is designed exclusively for operators flying Falcon Jets equipped with Honeywell’s Primus 2000 integrated avionics system,” said Olivier Langeard, Director of Business Development for Dassault Aircraft Services. “The path is not only designed to meet the upcoming air traffic mandates but also to offer flight risk management tools, capability growth and improved reliability of the avionics suite.”
“This program will secure the future of the Falcon 900C and EX for the next 10-15 years,” he said, noting that current operators will need to upgrade even if they plan to replace their current aircraft and sell them on the open market. “With this upgrade, operators will enjoy features comparable to the newest business jets.”
With technology from Honeywell, the upgrade includes functionalities that will allow operators to comply with air traffic management mandates such as ADS-B Out, which will reduce crew workload or enable the use of beneficial new approach procedures like Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) and required navigation performance (RNP).
In addition, Falcon Elite II can replace existing cathode ray tube multifunction display units with more modern and reliable Honeywell LCD displays. Combined with a new cursor control device, this upgrade utilizes the processing power inherent in LCD displays to support electronic moving maps, electronic charts, XM weather charts and other new flight deck features.
Operators are encouraged to make arrangements for the Elite II program now, rather than wait until air traffic mandates take effect in 2020. The installation can be performed by any Dassault Aircraft Services facility, as well as by most Falcon Authorized Service Centers.