Avionics Update: Dassault selects TCAS supplier for Falcon 7X
Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) has been named the standard TCAS supplier for Dassault’s in-development Falcon 7X, a 5,700-nm trijet, which the French firm plans to fly for the first time in 2005. Owned jointly by L-3 Communications of New York and Thales of Paris, ACSS builds a number of surveillance products that Honeywell was forced to divest after its merger with AlliedSignal. ACSS is now about to begin flight testing its first completely new product, called T2CAS, which combines TCAS with a terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS). The list of products divested to L-3 include all of the former Honeywell TCAS computers, mode-S transponder, military mode-S/IFF transponder, RCZ 852 standalone mode-S transponder, antennas, TCAS display units, mode control panel, all TCAS-related software and other associated hardware. In addition, most Honeywell employees who had been involved in the divested TCAS business have transferred to ACSS, which recently moved into its new headquarters not far from Honeywell’s main Phoenix campus. Dassault’s fly-by-wire 7X is expected to receive its certification in mid-2006.