On May 4, 2016, Dassault’s Falcon 2000LXS became the first business jet to fly an Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) with a published LPV minima of 200 ft, using Europe’s EGNOS LPV200 service. The flight, at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, was performed as part of initial European LPV200 trials, which also involved Airbus 350 and ATR 42-600 commercial aircraft.
LPV approaches make it possible to land at facilities not equipped with expensive instrument landing systems, which includes many small regional and local airports.
“The accuracy and stability of LPV guidance is really amazing, much better than with ILS,” said Dassault test pilot Jean-Louis Dumas, who was at the controls alongside operational pilot Olivier Perriaud during the EGNOS LPV200 trials. “Lowering the minima to 200 ft will be a great boon for European business aviation operations.”
All in-production Falcon Jets are equipped with Dassault’s second generation EASy II avionics suite, which is designed to support LPV200 and other new navigation features.