|Dassault Falcon 900. Photo: Dassault
[Avionics Today 08-10-2015] Honeywell Aerospace has achieved Future Air Navigation System (FANS) aftermarket certification for Dassault’s Falcon 900 and 900B operators. With the certification, all Falcon 900 and 900B operators will be able to upgrade existing cockpit technologies with the communication and navigation system to meet the upcoming FANS 2020 equipage mandate. The updates may also allow the aircraft to fly more efficient routes and save fuel.
This certification for the Falcon 900 series is the first aftermarket-certified FANS system for Honeywell legacy cockpits. Operators will now be able to retrofit compliant technology into existing hardware, instead of completely upgrading cockpit systems to meet the 2020 mandate deadline. The FANS system also equips Falcon 900 and 900B pilots to take advantage of the North Atlantic Track System (NATS) — the trans-Atlantic flight paths set every day based on wind conditions — to optimize flight time and fuel savings.
The FANS system upgrade is part of the Dassault Falcon Select II program for the Falcon 900 and 900B. Honeywell is also planning on aftermarket certification for other legacy aircraft for this FANS mandate.