EASy II Certification Hits Delays at Dassault
Certification of the EASy II flight deck, an upgrade of Dassault’s EASy integrated avionics system for current-production Falcon business jets, has been postponed to later this year, AIN has learned. In explaining the delay, Dassault said it wants the system to be “more mature” at entry into service. “Two additional flight-test programs will take place this year on a Falcon 900EX,” vice president of Falcon customer service Pierre Thiélin told Falcon operators at a recent maintenance and operations seminar. Therefore, new Falcon 900EXs won’t be delivered with EASy II until late this year. As for retrofit, Service Bulletins are scheduled to be released in the second quarter of next year for the 900, and in late 2012 for the Falcon 7X and Falcon 2000. EASy II includes equipment such as synthetic vision, ADS-B Out capability, Honeywell’s runway awareness and advisory system, the ability to fly Waas LPV approaches and controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC). One year ago, EASy II for the 900EX was expected to be certified before the end of 2009.