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 and Space Force
Japan Coast Guard
Nigerian Air Force
Royal Malaysian Air Force
Produced 1984–present
Number built 500+[1]
Developed from Dassault Falcon 50
Variants Dassault Falcon 2000
Dassault Falcon 7X

The Dassault Falcon 900, commonly abbreviated as the F900,[2] is a French-built corporate trijet aircraft made by Dassault Aviation.

Development

A Falcon 900EX during a flyby
A Falcon 900EX during a flyby

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 and an S-duct to feed the central engine.

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,[3] 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.

In 2021, its equipped price was $44M.[4]

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.

Of the 81 Falcon 900LX aircraft in service in 2020, valued then $16 to $18 million each as its fuel consumption is up to 40% less than its competition, most were in North America with 69% of the fleet then in Europe with 16%.[5] The 900LX burns 2,800 lb (1,300 kg) of fuel in the first hour and 1,700–2,200 lb (770–1,000 kg) depending on weight per subsequent hour, while maintenance runs $2,000 per hour plus $382 per engine and $111 for the APU.[6]

Variants

Dassault Falcon 900B
Dassault Falcon 900B
Falcon 900
Announced in 1984. Original production. Powered by three 20 kN (4,500 lbf) Garrett TFE731-5AR-1C turbofan engines.[7] It was certified in 1986 by French and U.S. aviation authorities.
Falcon 900 MSA
Maritime patrol version for Japan Coast Guard. This variant is equipped with search radar and a hatch for dropping rescue stores.[8]
Falcon 900B
Revised production version from 1991.[8] Powered by 21.13 kN (4,750 lbf) TFE731-5BR-1C engines.[9]
Falcon 900C
Replacement for 900B with improved avionics. Introduced in 2000.[8][9]
Falcon 900EX
Long range version, with 22.24 kN (5,000 lbf) engines. This variant features TFE731-60 engines and can store more fuel to give an increased range of 8,340 km (4,501 nm; 5,180 miles). Improved avionics (Honeywell Primus). It entered service in 1996.[9]
Falcon 900EX EASy
900EX with Enhanced Avionics System (EASy) incorporating ground-breaking T-shape configuration of Honeywell Primus Epic avionics and path-based flight display.
Falcon 900DX
Shorter-range production type. TFE731-60 engines.[10]
Falcon 900LX
Current production variant of EX fitted with blended winglets designed by Aviation Partners Inc. Improved range of 4,750 nmi (8,800 km).[11]
VC-900A
Italian military designation for the 900EX.[12]
VC-900B
Italian military designation for the 900EASY.[12]

Operators

Civil operators

A Falcon 900B of Gazpromavia
A Falcon 900B of Gazpromavia

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

 Qatar

 Saudi Arabia

Military operators

Falcon 900EX of the Italian Air Force
Falcon 900EX of the Italian Air Force
 Bolivia
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Japan
 Malaysia
 Namibia
 Nigeria
 Russia
 South Africa
 Spain
 Syria
 United Arab Emirates
  Switzerland
 Venezuela

Former operators

 Algeria
 Australia
 Belgium
 Gabon
 Greece
 Malawi
 Monaco

Accidents and incidents

Specifications (Falcon 900B)

A Falcon 900 shortly after take-off
A Falcon 900 shortly after take-off

Data from [9]

General characteristics

Performance

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References

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