Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) is making it easier for Dassault customers to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s upcoming safety mandates with a new Future Air Navigation System (FANS) aftermarket certification. With the certification, all Falcon 900 and 900B operators will be able to easily upgrade existing cockpit technologies with the communication and navigation system, enabling them to fly more efficient routes and save fuel.
This certification for the Falcon 900 series marks a milestone for legacy aircraft as it becomes the first aftermarket-certified FANS system for Honeywell legacy cockpits. Operators will now be able to retrofit compliant technology into existing hardware, instead of completely upgrading cockpit systems, which makes meeting the 2020 mandates deadline more cost-effective. The FANS system also equips Falcon 900 and 900B pilots to take advantage of the North Atlantic Track System — the trans-Atlantic flight paths set every day based on wind conditions — to optimize flight time and fuel savings, and help lower operational costs.
The FANS system upgrade is part of the Dassault Falcon Select II program for the Falcon 900 and 900B, and is available to operators now. Honeywell is also planning on aftermarket certification for other legacy aircraft for this FANS mandate.