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Tue, Aug 11, 2009

Dassault’s Falcon 7X Approved For Steep Approach Landings By FAA

Pilots May Fly Approach Angles Up To Six Degrees

Dassault Falcon has received approval from the FAA to perform steep approaches with slopes up to 6° for the Falcon 7X. This approval allows U.S.-based Falcon 7X operators to fly directly into London City Airport (LCY), Lugano, Switzerland (LUG) and other airports requiring steep approach landings.

“Business aviation is all about the need for efficiency and access to hard to reach places and an airport like London City combines the two,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “Direct access to this important financial center is sure to benefit our U.S. based Falcon 7X customers, allowing them to be in meetings moments after landing.”

The 5,950 nm Falcon 7X offers more range capability than any other business jet approved for London City Airport. The Falcon 7X can connect business hubs such as New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cape Town and Tokyo with the heart of London nonstop (eight passengers, M.80, NBAA IFR Reserves).

To operate to and from London City Airport, an aircraft must demonstrate exacting performance in order to approach, land and take-off on the  airport’s short runway (4,327 ft/1,319 m at landing and 3,934 ft/1,199 m at take-off). It also has to meet strict environmental standards with respect to aircraft noise. In the case of the Falcon 7X, the noise level was measured in the same category as a much smaller turboprop.

The Falcon 7X was first granted steep approach certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2008 and received full EASA approval for flights into London City in February of this year. Approval by both EASA and the FAA required dedicated flight tests and the development of Noise Abatement Departure Procedures.

Falcon 7X File Photo

In order for an operator to perform a steep approach, the flight crew must undergo one day of specialized training. A steep approach pilot training curriculum was developed in conjunction with CAE and is currently offered at its Burgess Hill facility in the United Kingdom and will be offered shortly at their Morristown, New Jersey facility in the United States. Dassault is in the process of issuing an amendment to the Aircraft Flight Manual which will outline proper data and procedures for steep approach operations.

FMI: www.dassaultfalcon.com

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