Falcon 2000S

By By Fred George fred.george@aviationweek.com
Source: Business & Commercial Aviation

The winglets enable the aircraft to climb higher and cruise efficiently up to 30 kt. faster than the DX. The winglets, the new high-lift system and more standard equipment all add empty weight to the airframe, but a typically equipped aircraft still has a 1,600-lb. payload with full fuel tanks.

The standard interior layout for the first 20 aircraft seats 10 passengers, thus crews will have to leave two passengers on the tarmac with full tanks, in spite of Dassault's claims of the aircraft's full-tanks/full-seats loading flexibility. With all 10 seats occupied, the aircraft still can fly 3,225 nm and land with 200-nm NBAA IFR reserves, as illustrated by the accompanying Range/Payload Profile charts.

Dassault's flight test engineers at Istres, France, ran a complete runway performance recertification program for the S, reducing V speeds by 8+ kt. and shrinking runway distances by nearly 1,000 ft. at sea level/standard day runway and almost 1,500 ft. at BCA's 5,000-ft. ISA+20C airport compared to the DX. The new high-lift system and winglets are so effective at reducing V speeds that rudder authority had to be increased by 10% to keep minimum control speeds below stall speeds.

The slats extend before the flaps and retract after the flaps. The outboard slats also extend automatically below 265 KIAS at high AOA to enhance handling characteristics at stall. With the slats extended, aerodynamic stall behavior and recovery characteristics are the best of any aircraft in the business fleet, in BCA's opinion. We reached that conclusion after fully stalling all members of the Falcon family that share this wing airfoil shape and high-lift system.

Bleed air, supplied by the engines or APU, is used for main engine start; air-conditioning and pressurization; ice protection for engines, wing leading edges and the wheel brakes; plus pressurization of the hydraulic, fuel and potable water systems.

A ground pneumatic cart can be used in lieu of the APU for main engine start. A single air-cycle machine provides refrigeration. Pressurization control is automatic and the 9.0-psi differential provides a 7,950-ft. cabin at FL 470, the aircraft's maximum cruising altitude.

Passenger Accommodations

The Falcon 2000S has a 1,024-cu.-ft. cabin that is longer, wider and higher than most SMS cabins. The standardized, 10-seat interior on the first 20 production units features a four-seat club section up front having 20-in.-wide chairs and six 18-in. side chairs in the aft cabin, arranged as a four-chair conference grouping on the left with two facing chairs on the right side.

Three different color and material schemes are offered, all having matte finish wood veneers on the monuments. The Sedona option has light desert hues, the Havana option has tobacco and tan colors, and the Alpine option has snow white that contrasts with dark earth and rock.

For 2014, two additional, eight-passenger seating configurations will be offered. All three seating layouts feature the four-chair forward club section. The eight-seat layouts have either a second club section in the aft cabin or a four-seat, left-side conference grouping with a right-side credenza. Gloss finish cabinetry also now is being offered.

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