Dassault’s FalconConnect inflight communications system has made its debut on a Falcon 2000LXS retrofitted by Dassault Aviation.
The service should be available as an aftermarket upgrade for all Falcons with compatible routers by the end of 2018, and as a line-fit option from the first quarter of 2019.
The solution is intended to provide seamless connectivity while simplifying onboard data use, billing control and technical support.
“As the pace of communications technology accelerates and its complexity increases, we are committed to making operation of these technologies as easy as possible,” said Olivier Villa, senior executive vice president, civil aviation, for Dassault Aviation.
“In partnership with Honeywell/GoDirect, we conducted extensive development and testing to evaluate and select the most reliable, flexible, best-value connectivity offerings for cockpit, passenger cabin and ground services. The result is FalconConnect, a simple, seamless solution for onboard connectivity requirements.”
The package provides a selection of cockpit safety communications such as FANS and ACARS; Ka-, Ku- and L-band satellite communication services for passenger connectivity, including real-time video-conferencing, VOIP, internet browsing and email; 3G and 4G ground networks; and third-party compatibility for EFB, ATG and other services.
The service provides a single point of contact for hardware, network installation, troubleshooting and cost management, including ready access to data consumption through the FalconConnect portal.
For operators with differing types of flight operations, the FalconConnect Access service enables invoicing per flight, per tail number, or per device, and payment via credit card or voucher.