Falcon 900
Spanish Air Force Dassault Falcon 900B.jpg
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.

Other models include the Falcon 900-B, featuring an increased range, and the Falcon 900EX featuring other improvements in engines and range and an all-glass flight deck. The Falcon 900C is a 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.

In 2022, the 900LX equipped price was $44M.[4]

Operational service

The Falcon 900 is used by the Transport Squadron 60 (Transportation, Training and Calibration Squadron 65), which is in charge of transportation for officials of the French state.

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.[5] 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.[6]
Falcon 900B
Revised production version from 1991.[6] Powered by 21.13 kN (4,750 lbf) TFE731-5BR-1C engines.[7]
Falcon 900C
Replacement for 900B. Introduced in 2000.[6][7]
Falcon 900EX
Long range version, with 22.24 kN (5,000 lbf) engines. This variant features TFE731-60 engines, with a range of 8,340 km (4,501 nm; 5,180 miles). Avionics by (Honeywell Primus). It entered service in 1996.[7]
Falcon 900EX EASy
Falcon 900DX
Shorter-range production type. TFE731-60 engines.[8]
Falcon 900LX
Current production variant of EX fitted with blended winglets. Range of 4,750 nmi (8,800 km).[9]
VC-900A
Italian military designation for the 900EX.[10]
VC-900B
Italian military designation for the 900EASY.[10]

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.

 Libya

 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 Kingdom
 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 [7]

General characteristics

Performance

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References

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  5. ^ Taylor 1988, p.77.
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  9. ^ "Falcon 900LX Performance". Dassault Falcon. Archived from the original on 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
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  11. ^ Cicalesi, Juan Carlos; Rivas, Santiago (August 2010). "New Bolivian Presidential Transport". Air International. Vol. 79, no. 2. p. 5.
  12. ^ "Official website Aeronautica Militare". difesa.it. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
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  16. ^ Accident description for ASN Aircraft accident 14-SEP-1999 Dassault Falcon 900B SX-ECH at the Aviation Safety Network