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The Dassault Falcon 900 is a French-built corporate jet aircraft made by Dassault Aviation. It, along with its larger sibling the Falcon 7X, are the only trijets currently in production. Both aircraft are notable in featuring an S-duct central engine.
The Falcon 900 is a development of the Falcon 50, itself a development of the earlier Falcon 20. The Falcon 900 development included computer-aided design and the incorporation of composite materials.
Improved models include the Falcon 900B, featuring improved engines and increased range, and the Falcon 900EX featuring further improvements in engines and range and an all-glass flight deck. The Falcon 900C is a lower-cost companion to the Falcon 900EX and replaces the Falcon 900B. The current versions are the Falcon 900EX EASy and the Falcon 900DX. At EBACE 2008, Dassault announced another development of the 900 series; the Falcon 900LX incorporating High Mach Blended Winglets designed by Aviation Partners Inc. The same winglets are being developed for the entire Falcon 900 series as a retrofit kit with certification planned for 2009.
Dassault Falcon 900EX|
A Falcon 900 on Sal Island, Cape Verde|
Italian Air Force Falcon 900EX in 2008|
The Falcon 900 is used by the Escadron de transport, d'entraînement et de calibrage which is in charge of transportation for officials of the French state.
- Falcon 900
- Original production. Powered by three 20 kN (4,500 lbf) Garrett TFE731-5AR-1C turbofan engines.
- Falcon 900 MSA
- Maritime patrol version for Japan Coast Guard. Equipped with search radar and hatch for dropping rescue stores.
- Falcon 900B
- Revised production version from 1991. Powered by 21.13 kN (4,750 lbf) TFE731-5BR-1C engines.
- Falcon 900EX
- Long range version, with 22.24 kN (5,000 lbf) TFE731-60 engines and more fuel to give range of 8,340 km (5,180 miles). Improved avionics. Entered service 1996.
- Falcon 900C
- Replacement for 900B with improved avionics. Introduced 2000.
- Falcon 900DX
- Current medium range production type. TFE731-60 engines.
- Falcon 900LX
- Variant of EX fitted with winglets. Improved range.
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
Specifications (Falcon 900B)
Data from Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory
- Crew: Two
- Capacity: 19 passengers
- Length: 20.21 m (66 ft 4 in)
- Wingspan: 19.33 m (63 ft 5 in)
- Height: 7.55 m (24 ft 9.5 in)
- Wing area: 49 m² (527 ft²)
- Empty weight: 10,255 kg (22,608 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 20,640kg (45,503 lb)
- Powerplant: 3× Honeywell TFE731-5BR-1C turbofan, 21.13 kN (4,750 lbf) each
- Maximum speed: Mach 0.84-0.87
- Cruise speed: 950 km/h (513 knots, 590 mph) at 36,000ft (10,970 m) (Mach 0.85)
- Stall speed: 158 km/h (85 knots, 98 mph) (wheels and flaps down)
- Range: 7,400 km (3,995 nm, 4,598 mi) (7 passengers)
- Service ceiling: 15,500 m (51,000 ft)
- Wing loading: 435kg/m² (91lb/ft²)
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Published - July 2009