SAINT-CLOUD, France, Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Dassault Aviation introduced its proprietary Combined Vision System at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (BACE) which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week.
The system, dubbed FalconEye, was presented on a Falcon 2000LXS on display at the show. The aircraft is a production model due to be delivered by year’s end.
“It’s in our very DNA to innovate in ways that bring added value to the customer,” said Eric Trappier Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “With the advent of our Combined Vision System, operators will benefit from a superior HUD design that affords vastly improved situational awareness and safety regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.”
FalconEye is the first Head Up Display (HUD) system to combine synthetic, database-driven terrain mapping and actual thermal and low-light camera images, providing an unprecedented level of situational awareness to flight crews. The fourth-generation, multi-sensor camera is composed of six different sensors, fusing images from both the visible and infrared spectrums.
“What makes this truly revolutionary is the unique and patented way in which we blend real video of the outside world in low-light conditions with synthetic terrain imagery, a first in the business jets industry,” said Olivier Villa, Senior VP Civil Aircraft; Dassault Aviation.
Dassault’s unique approach presents a synthesized view to the pilot clearly delineating between real, enhanced and synthetic worlds. The Enhanced Vision portion of the system will also permit approaches with operational credit and increased aircraft capabilities.
Dual HUDs – another industry first – will be a future option for customers. Dual HUDs will provide the same information and views heads-up to both pilots, harmonizing HUD utilization for the flying and non-flying pilot while improving crew coordination and facilitating pilot training
Long History of HUD Innovations
Dassault has long been a forerunner in the development of modern HUD systems. The first HUD in operational use was installed on Dassault’s Mirage IIIB fighter. The Mirage IIIB HUD paved the way for a long line of design improvements down to the advanced units on today’s Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighter aircraft.
In the early 1970s, the Dassault Mercure, a 150 seat short/medium-range airliner, was the first civil aircraft to be fitted with a head-up display. Associated with a ‘fail passive’ auto-pilot, it allowed approaches in very low visibility conditions that had previously been off limits to civilian pilots.
In 1993, Dassault introduced the Falcon 2000, the first business jet equipped with a head-up guidance system which permitted hand-flown approaches down to CAT III conditions.
Notes for Editors
Dassault Falcon is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp.
About Dassault Aviation
Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 90 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,380 Falcon jets have been delivered. Dassault offers a range of six business jets from the twin-engine 3,350 nm large-cabin Falcon 2000S to its new flagship, the tri-engine 6,450 nm ultra-long range Falcon 8X.
About Dassault Falcon Jet
Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North and South America.