High standards of engineering, structural quality, and technological advancement are at the forefront of the Dassault Family thinking. The Falcon 900 series has been one of Dassaults best-performing aircraft. However, few wide-body aircraft in the market compelled Dassault to produce a wide-body, shorter range line: the Falcon 2000. The 2000 series is a reduced size (6 feet shorter), twin-engine version of the 900. It was certified in 1995 and has since produced upgraded variations including the Falcon 2000DX, EX and the latest LX. The first upgrade, the Falcon 2000DX, maintains the design and systems of the original 2000, but is a better performing aircraft overall.
The 2000DX is a better operating aircraft than the original Falcon 2000. Range is its single greatest improvement. The 2000DX boasts a range of 3,250 nautical miles carrying 8 passengers, compared to its predecessor’s 3,000 nm. The DX can climb to 41,000 feet in 17 minutes. It is capable of flying at mach .80 at maximum range.
The Falcon 2000DX comes equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C, rated at 7,000 of thrust each. For optimal performance and convenience, the engines are controlled by dual FADECs (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and three LCD screens display engine parameters. Their inspection interval is 7,000 hours.
Equipped with Honeywell’s EASy flight deck, the 2000DX’s cockpit is comparable to the Falcon 900 series. Efficient and consolidated, EASy features four very-large format LCDs in a T arrangement, advanced system synoptics and integrated navigation functions (graphic flight planning and high-definition terrain displays). There is no need for triple Engine Indication Electronic Displays (EIEDs) and the annunciator panel.
Although enhanced and upgraded, the DX features most of the design elements of the 2000. Its wings are the epitome of simplicity, with no winglets or other options. A significant design feature is the use of an airfoil – same as the Falcon 50 but with a 1.5 foot increase in span.
The Falcon 2000DX’s cabin is considerably wide compared to others in its class, measuring 7.7 feet. (Other measurements are 6.2 ft tall and 31.2 ft long.) This allows for a seating arrangement of three across with an aisle. The cabin can accommodate as many as 19 passengers, but owners usually opt for eight with two crew. It is typically divided into forward and rear lounge areas. Also featured in the cabin is a stand-up lavatory and 131 cubic feet of in-flight accessible baggage space. Overall, the cabin provides sufficient space to accommodate passengers comfortably, with room to stretch.
In short, the long-range Falcon 2000DX essentially derives from two highly-regarded aircraft families – the Falcon 900 and the 2000. Its stand-out, wide-body design and increased performance capabilities make it a better and more advanced aircraft than its predecessor, the original Falcon 2000.