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Dassault FalconEye: a new level of situational awareness

Dal Kikin
February 28, 2019

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have approved the use of the FalconEye advanced visualization system on business aircraft Dasault Falcon 900LX, Falcon 2000LXS and Falcon 2000S when approaching to a height of 100 feet (about 30 meters). For the first time, this system was certified on a three-engine Dassault Falcon 8X last year.

FalconEye is the first head-up display (HUD) instrument display system that combines synthetic terrain mapping based on a database and enhanced images from a thermal imager and a highly sensitive camera. This allows the crew to understand the situation and perform landing in poor visibility or bad weather conditions safely and accurately, relying on instruments.

The FalconEye combined vision system is used on collimator displays located at the level of the pilot's eyes (HUD). Developed with the participation of the Israeli company Elbit Systems, the system is equipped with a fourth-generation multitouch camera, six sensors of which show a high-quality picture at the same time in the visible and infrared spectrum. This data is combined with a synthetic image from three databases dedicated to terrain, obstacles, airports, and navigation features around the world.

On the Falcon 8X, this system has been installed since the beginning of 2017. On the twin-engine models 2000LXS / S and three-engine 900LX it is available from October 2016. The company clarified that FalconEye will also stand on the new Falcon 6X, which they plan to put into operation in 2022.

The company said that the next improvement FalconEye may be the emergence of a dual display system on the windshield. This will allow pilots to make a full landing approach, as well as a landing, in which it will not be necessary to see the runway in its natural form.