Dassault Aviation (Stand 7090) said it received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for steep approaches on all Falcon 900 and 2000 series models fitted with the EASy flight deck, based on Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite. Both model series had earlier received steep-approach certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Dassault Falcon received FAA approval that allows the Falcon 7X to perform steep approaches using slopes of up to six degrees. This approval allows suitably certified U.S.-based Falcon 7X operators to fly directly into London City Airport, Lugano Airport in Switzerland and other airfields that require steep-approach landings. “Business aviation
Switzerland has the notoriously difficult approach over the mountains into Lugano Airport. In England, it’s London City’s steep 5.5-degree glideslope to touchdown that can really test an aviator’s skills. And of course, the dead-end approach into Greenland’s Kangerlssaq Airport in the Sondrestrom Fjord can be a doozy when the weather turns bad.
Swiss authorities have implemented plans for a six-degree approach angle at Lugano Agno Airport, effectively banning the airplane most frequently used there–the Saab 2000 turboprop. The rule change came as several parties jockeyed for position to start new regional operations into Lugano with Saab 2000s after Swiss International Airlines announced plans to severely curtail its service there.
Swiss International Air Lines may again fly its Saab 2000 turboprops into Switzerland’s Lugano Airport under a new indirect IFR approach procedure proposed by the flag carrier and charter operator and FBO chain Jet Aviation. The indirect approach serves as an alternative to the steep approach to Runway 01 imposed by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) since November.
Southern Switzerland’s Lugano Agno regional airport finally gained a permanent instrument approach procedure for Runway 1 on September 1, when the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) slightly modified and adopted the provisional approach in effect since October 2003.