Dual HUD for Dassault Aviation’s Flagship Falcon 8X

Photo Credit: Dassault Aviation

LONDON – Finally, American and European authorities, the FAA and the EASA respective have greenlighted for the French company, Dassault to use the advanced dual head-up display known as the FalconEye, on the company’s current largest and flagship very long-range jet, the Falcon 8X.

The FalconEye will aid the pilots flying modern aircraft, and its technology is known to be industry-pioneering in low visibility operations, which enhances safety and comfort for both crew members and passengers.

The advantages of having the dual HUD configuration will allow the aircraft to enable the (Enhanced flight vision system) EFVS-to land compliant in near zero-zero- (visibility) conditions, with permissions awaiting from EASA regulators. 

Carlos Brana, Executive Vice President, Civil Aircraft at Dassault Aviation said with excitement regarding the new technology:  “The bottom line is that this approval results in enhanced safety and more capability for Falcons equipped with Dassault’s industry-first FalconEye technology,”

It is no secret that the French aircraft manufacturer is an uncontested frontrunner in the manufacture and research & development of such HUD technology. FalconEye itself was introduced in 2016.

In fact, the FalconEye was the first ever head-up display HUD system to integrate synthetic, database-drive terrain mapping and real-life actual thermal and low-light camera images. As of today, Falcon Jets equipped with the single HUD are now capable of flying a non-precision approach below minimums (100ft). 

A handful of the Falcon 8X’s are now in-line for the installation of the new modification, which enables pilots to co-operate alongside the new technology seamlessly, and importantly, allowing pilots to share the same synthetic and enhanced vision view.

Photos: Dassault Aviation

This enables one of the two pilots to act as the PF or  ‘pilot flying’, while the other monitors the flying. Moreover, dual HUDs give more situational awareness to the pilots and lift unnecessary burdens from the pilot during critical stages of flight.

This will also streamline flight training while maintaining the same level of standards and qualifications for approaches. Moreover, the dual HUD will also be certified on its latest Falcon 6X, which is slated for a mid-2023 service entry, whilst its largest Falcon 10X is planned for a late 2025 certification. 

On the Falcon 10X, the HUD will be a dual HUD configuration, which is even better as both pilots can make use of the HUD. The dual HUD configuration will bring the aircraft’s operation to another level, which allows flexibility amongst the pilots and does not limit their roles respectively.

Falcon has coiled the term: “primary means of pilot operation,” allowing pilots to configure their instrument panels as they wish.

With the new HUD being certified, the current HUD used by most Dassault and FalconEye can now operate to 200 feet, with a 30% runway visual range (RVR) credit, without any flight department-specific EASA approval required. Throughout the past 2 decades, EASA has relaxed approval requirements after taking into account HUD and EFVS technology improvements.

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