A Surprising Super Midsize Contender

By Fred George
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

The slats and three-position flaps work together as high-lift devices, with the former providing most of the slow-speed lift augmentation. When compared to older Falcon 2000 models with partial-span slats, the full-span design increases stalling angle of attack (AOA) by as much as 4 deg., thereby cutting stall speed by as much as 8 kt.

The slats extend before and retract after the flaps. The outboard slats also extend automatically below 265 kt. indicated airspeed (KIAS) at high AOA to enhance handling characteristics at stall. Conversely, when all the slats are extended for takeoff or landing, the inboard slats automatically retract at high AOA to assure benign stall characteristics. With the slats extended, aerodynamic stall behavior and recovery characteristics are arguably the best of any business jet.

The winglets, high-lift system and more standard equipment add empty weight to the airframe, but a typically equipped aircraft still has a 1,600-lb. payload with full fuel tanks.

Falcon's 1,024-cu.-ft. cabin is longer, wider and higher than typical SMS cabins. The standardized, 10-seat interior on the first 20 production units features a four-seat club section up front and six chairs in the aft cabin, arranged as a four-chair conference grouping on the left with two facing chairs on the right. For 2014, two additional, eight-passenger seating configurations will be offered.

The forward vestibule has a 15-in.-long galley annex and a 46-in.-long main galley on the right side with a tap and sink, ice drawers, coffee maker and storage areas. A closet/entertainment cabinet is on the left side, aft of the airstair entry door.

Aft of the main seating section, is a full-width lavatory. A rear door provides inflight access to the 131-cu.-ft. baggage compartment, which also has an external airstair door.

The Rockwell Collins Falcon HD cabin management system supports a media center with a 19-in. high-definition monitor on the forward cabin bulkhead, along with individual LED monitors, an AirCell Axxess II Iridium satellite phone and eight power outlets. Internet connectivity will be available via an optional AirCell air-to-ground high-speed data link or medium-speed Inmarsat system.

As to putting the aircraft through its paces,in late June we climbed into the left seat of S/N 702 at Vancouver International Airport. Dassault Falcon Jet Chief Pilot Franco “Valentino” Nese belted into the right seat as our instructor and demonstration pilot, Peder Sarsten, rode on the jump seat.

The aircraft was loaded with optional equipment including the Rockwell Collins HGS head-up display and CMC Electronics EVS infrared camera, raising the basic operating weight to 25,280 lb. Thus, the aircraft had a 1,320-lb. tanks-full payload. With a 600-lb. payload and 8,440 lb. of fuel, our ramp weight was 34,500 lb. and computed takeoff weight was 34,000 lb.

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