The Dassault Falcon 900 is a large cabin, transcontinental range trijet (aircraft powered by three jet engines) developed and manufactured by Dassault Aviation Group and is a member of the Dassault Falcon brand of business jets. The trijet design was the most popular airliner configuration in the 1980’s but the Falcon 900 and the larger Dassault Falcon 7X, are the only trijets currently in production.
The Falcon 900 was introduced in 1983 as a successor to the Falcon 50 and certification was awarded in 1986. The Falcon 900 is similarly configured to the Falcon 50 but features a wider and longer fuselage. Despite the increased size, the aircraft uses the same wing as the smaller 50 primarily due to the lightweight composition of the aircraft. The Falcon 900 frame is made of titanium, Kevlar, and carbon fiber composites; lightweight, extremely sturdy materials which enable the smaller engined jet to compete with much larger, heavier craft. The aircraft has an impressive range of nearly 4600 miles with 8 passengers and shows excellent performance on short runways as well.
The larger fuselage provides additional seating and extra living space over the Falcon 50 cabin. The Falcon 900 can accommodate up to 19 passengers but typical corporate configurations are for eight to twelve passengers with all of the seats fully adjustable and berthable. The cabin area including the lavatory and baggage is nearly 40 feet in length and Dassault offers the option of partitioning the cabin into three separate living areas. These areas may be used to create private office spaces, bedrooms or other room uses. Even within configured seating areas there is plenty of room to incorporate virtually any office or leisure equipment desired and still leave ample room to move about with ease while working or relaxing.
Dassault developed a number of variants of the Falcon 900 which offer improved performance, upgraded avionics, or other desirable attributes. These include the 900B with improved engines and increased range, the 900EX which further pushed the range envelope and added an all new flightdeck, and the 900LX which offers a range of over 5600 mi.
Technical specifications are as follows:
The Falcon 900 is equipped with three Garrett TFE731-5AR-1C turbofan engines rated at 4,500 lb thrust each.
Performance specifications are as follows:
The Falcon 900 has a maximum cruising speed of 590 mph (950 km/h). The range with eight passengers and a crew of two is 4,598 mi (7,400 km).
Dimension specifications are as follows:
The Falcon 900 overall length is 66ft 4in (20.21m), and height is 24ft 9in. The wing span is 63ft 5in (19.33m). The baggage compartment can hold 127 cubic feet.
Weight specifications are as follows:
The 900 has a maximum takeoff weight of 45,500lb (20,411kg ) with a maximum payload of 3,537 lb (1,604 kg). With full fuel, the payload is reduced to 1,652 lb (749 kg).
Internal specifications are as follows:
The Falcon 900 cabin living area is 32ft 9in long with a height of 6ft 2 in and width of 7ft 7in. The cabin may accommodate up to nineteen but corporate configurations usually seat eight to twelve passengers. Standard seating is in a double-club configuration with a three-person divan. Facing seats can be reclined and combined to make a full-length bed. The aft baggage area is accessible in flight.
As with all large cabin Falcon jets, the 900 cabin features a lavishly appointed lavatory and a fully equipped galley and forward workspace. Abundant windows and LED lighting give the cabin a spacious, relaxed feel and all cabin seats are fully adjustable, trackable, and berthable. Other amenities include communications and entertainment systems with DVD and VCR players, headsets, telephones, Airshow, multiple flat screen monitors, Wi-Fi, and Internet access.
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