Falcon 2000S logs 300h of flight testing in its first year

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Dassault's Falcon 2000S has completed its first year of flight testing, having logged 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights, the French airframer says.

The first part of the super-midsize business jet's test campaign focused on handling qualities, including stability, stalls, pitch, roll rate and failure mode tests, as well as take-off with engine failure.

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The Falcon 2000s is making good progress in its test campaign

Future tests will evaluate minimum control speed on the ground and take-off at minimum speed. Engine air inlet distortion and maximum crosswinds will also be assessed. "In later phases of the certification process engineers will test and fine-tune the aircraft's anti-icing system and verify the integration of [the] EASy II cockpit," Dassault says.

The airframer is planning to certificate the 2000S for steep approaches at airports such as London City. Certification is anticipated by the end of the fourth quarter, leading to service entry in 2013.