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Dassault Falcon 900

Falcon 900
Role Business jet
National origin France
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation
First flight 21 September 1984
Status Active service in production
Primary users French Air Force
Japan Coast Guard
Nigerian Air Force
Royal Malaysian Air Force
Produced 1984-present
Number built 260
Developed from Dassault Falcon 50
Variants Dassault Falcon 2000
Dassault Falcon 7X

The Dassault Falcon 900 is a French-built corporate jet aircraft made by Dassault Aviation. It, and its larger sibling the Falcon 7X, are the only trijets in production.[1] Both aircraft are notable in featuring an S-duct central engine.

Development

A Falcon 900EX during a flyby
Dassault Falcon 900B lands at Birmingham Airport

The Falcon 900 is a development of the Falcon 50, itself a development of the earlier Falcon 20. The Falcon 900 design incorporates composite materials.

Improved models include the Falcon 900-B, 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. Later versions are the Falcon 900EX EASy and the Falcon 900DX. At EBACE 2008, Dassault announced another development of the 900 series; the Falcon 900LX[1] incorporating High Mach Blended Winglets designed by Aviation Partners Inc. The same winglets are certified for the entire Falcon 900 series as a retrofit kit.

Operational service

The Falcon 900 is used by the Escadron de transport, d'entrainement et de calibration which is in charge of transportation for officials of the French state.

Variants

Falcon 900
Original production. Powered by three 20 kN (4,500 lbf) Garrett TFE731-5AR-1C turbofan engines.[2]
Falcon 900 MSA
Maritime patrol version for Japan Coast Guard. Equipped with search radar and hatch for dropping rescue stores.[3]
Falcon 900B
Revised production version from 1991.[3] Powered by 21.13 kN (4,750 lbf) TFE731-5BR-1C engines.[4]
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 (4,501 nm; 5,180 miles). Improved avionics (Honeywell Primus). Entered service 1996.[4]
Falcon 900C
Replacement for 900B with improved avionics. Introduced 2000.[3][4]
Falcon 900DX
Current medium range production type. TFE731-60 engines.[5]
Falcon 900LX
Variant of EX fitted with Blended Winglets designed by Aviation Partners Inc.. Improved range of 8,890 km (5,520 mi).[6]
VC-900A
Italian military designation for the 900EX.[7]
VC-900B
Italian military designation for the 900EASY.[7]

Operators

Civil operators

A Falcon 900B of Gazpromavia at Pulkovo Airport

A wide range of private owners, businesses and small airlines operate Falcon 900s.

 Saudi Arabia

Saudia Private Aviation

 Qatar

Military operators

A Falcon 900 of the Royal Malaysian Air Force
Falcon 900EX of Aeronautica Militare
A Spanish Air Force Falcon 900B
 Belgium
 Bolivia
 France
 Germany
 Japan
 Italy
 Malaysia
 Namibia
 Nigeria
 Russia
 South Africa
 Spain
 Syria
 United Arab Emirates
  Switzerland
 Venezuela

Former operators

 Algeria
 Australia
 Gabon
 Greece
  • Government of Greece
 Malawi

Specifications (Falcon 900B)

A Falcon 900 shortly after take-off

Data from Brassey's World Aircraft & Systems Directory[4]

General characteristics

Performance

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/05/19/223850/ebace-2008-dassault-announces-falcon-900lx.html
  2. ^ Taylor 1988, p.77.
  3. ^ a b c "The Dassault Falcon 900". airliners.net. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d
  5. ^ "Falcon 900 DX". Dassault Aviation, 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  6. ^ http://www.airliners.net/photo/Dassault-Falcon-900LX/1366087/L/&sid=0708516339b793d5ba7e27cfe1f812ac
  7. ^ a b http://www.dgaa.it/newsletter/newsletter60/AER-0-0-12.pdf
  8. ^ Official website Aeronautica Militare
  9. ^ http://www.lw.admin.ch/internet/luftwaffe/de/home/dokumentation/assets/aircraft/falcon900.html
  10. ^ Malawi Sells Presidential Jet

External links

  • Dassault Falcon 900 page
  • Airliners.net aircraft data sheet
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