May 16, 2011
By Thomas A. Horne
At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibit (EBACE), Dassault Falcon Jet announced a new addition to its line of large-cabin business jets: the Falcon 2000S.
The 2000S is based upon a previous design, the Falcon 2000, and will feature a six-passenger maximum range of 3,350 nautical miles. New-generation, 7,000-lbst Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines, inboard wing slats, blended winglets, and a new interior lead the list of improvements in the 2000S. The interior will be designed by BMW Group Designworks USA, and the cockpit will have a next-generation EASy II flight deck.
“Our proudest accomplishment was designing an aircraft that burns 10 percent less fuel than aircraft 20 percent smaller while offering a very competitive price,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon. A press statement claims that the PW308Cs will be environmentally friendly thanks to its new TALON II combustors. These produce 20 percent fewer nitrogen oxide emissions than prior models without any penalty in power.
With full fuel, the 2000S will have the largest payload in its class, at 1,850 pounds, Dassault Falcon Jet says. The airplane’s max takeoff weight is set at 41,000 pounds, and its balanced field length will be 4,450 feet, the company says. It will climb directly to 41,000 feet in 19 minutes, have a certified ceiling of 47,000 feet, fly at an approach speed of 108 knots, and have an autobraking system.
The first Falcon 2000S flew on Feb. 17. Since then, 40 flights and 100 flight hours have been accumulated. The airplane is expected to be certified at the end of 2012. First deliveries should come in early 2013.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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