Dassault’s Falcon 2000LX recently has been granted approval for arrivals and departures at the challenging London City Airport (LCY) in England. With this approval, European registered Falcon 2000LXs can connect London City, located in the heart of the city of London, nonstop with all of Europe including Moscow. Dassault is currently developing a program to gain FAA steep approach certification which will also allow American registered aircraft to operate at LCY.
In order to use London City’s short runway (4,327 ft/1,319 m at landing and 3,934 ft/1,199 m at take off), an aircraft must demonstrate exacting performance. To help achieve this, Dassault developed a unique autobrake feature for the Falcon 2000EX and 2000LX that reduces landing distances by as much as 300 feet on steep approaches, which are required for London City. The steep approach procedures require a glide slope of 5.5 degrees as opposed to the standard 3.0 degrees.
Flying into London City is not only a challenge for aircraft performance, aircraft are also required to be good neighbors and must abide by strict noise procedures, said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. Meeting these requirements is not an easy task but the convenience of flying into the heart of downtown London is highly valuable for business jet operators. The Falcon 2000LX noise level was measured in the same category as smaller turboprop.
The Falcon 2000LX received EASA and FAA certification in April 2009. In 2009, the Falcon 7X was approved to operate at London City Airport for both EASA and FAA registered aircraft. Additionally, the Falcon 900DX/EX, Falcon 50 and Falcon 10 all have London City approval.