The Falcon 8X large-cabin business jet will soon receive certification for a reduced decision height when landing in degraded visibility with the optional FalconEye combined vision system (CVS), manufacturer Dassault announced here at EBACE.

Thanks to a joint FAA/EASA certification, “the operational credits are expected to become available for 8X customers by year-end,” says chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. The crews of in-service and newly delivered aircraft will thus become officially able to use a 100-ft. minimum when landing at airfields without ground-based navigation aids. The new capability “will greatly expand the number of airports the aircraft can serve in bad weather conditions,” Dassault emphasizes.

The FalconEye system is the first head-up display (HUD) to blend synthetic terrain imaging with actual thermal and low-light camera images for enhanced situational awareness. The design was a winner at Aviation Week Network’s Laureate Awards this year. The vast majority of Falcon 8X operators have opted to install a FalconEye HUD, Dassault says.

“Operational credits for FalconEye customers will be available on the Falcon 2000S/LXS and the Falcon 900LX in the first half of next year,” Trappier says.

In 2020, FalconEye is expected to be certified for use in a dual HUD configuration. In addition to further improving crew situational awareness and coordination, it will provide “CVS to land” capability, allowing pilots to use it instead of natural vision until touchdown.

Dassault’s CVS, developed with Israel’s Elbit Systems, features a 30 x 40 deg. field of view, ensuring full coverage of the viewing area with no tunnel vision effect, the airframer promises.