Dassault Falcon 900
The Dassault Falcon 900 tri-jet was announced in May 1983, initially as the Mystere-Falcon 900, to compete with the Challenger and Gulfstream long-range corporate jets.
Roll-out of the prototype took place in May 1984 and the first (F-WIDE) was first flown on 21 September 1984, from Bordeaux-Merignac.
With a similar configuration to the smaller Falcon 50, the 900 has a wider cabin which can seat up to 19 passengers (three abreast) over transcontinental ranges. The three engines are 4,500 lb st (20 kN) Garrett TFE731-5AR-1C turbofans which give a cruising speed of 500 kts; (927 km/h) at 27,000 ft (8 230 m).
To demonstrate its even more improved long range capability, in 1985, Dassault flew a prototype of the Falcon 900 non-stop from Paris to Little Rock, Arkansas.
DGAC and FAA certification followed in March 1986 and the first customer delivery made in December 1986.
A number of governments have bought Falcon 900s for VIP use including France, Nigeria, Malaysia, Spain and Australia. In September 1987 the Japanese Maritime Safety Agency ordered two specially-adapted long-range maritime surveillance versions of the Falcon 900 fitted with an operations control station, special communications equipment, observation hatches and sonobuoy, marker and flare dropping chutes. The aircraft entered service in September 1989.
Eighty-three had been delivered by the beginning of 1990, all but two for export.
In 1991, the Falcon 900B became the standard production model, with an increase in power and range. The model B was upgraded to the model C in 2000, and the Falcon 900EX in 2004. The primary changes offered more sophisticated avionics.
Falcon 900 YK-ASC
Engines: 3 x Garrett TFE731-5AR turbofans, 2041kg / 4500 lb each
Wingspan: 19.33 m / 63 ft 5 in
Length: 20.21 m / 66 ft 4 in
Height: 7.55 m / 24 ft 9 in
Wing area: 49.0 sq.m / 527.43 sq ft
Max take-off weight: 20640 kg / 45504 lb
Empty weight: 10240 kg / 22575 lb
Empty wt equipped: 22,575 lbs
Cruise speed: 927 km/h / 576 mph
Economical cruise: M0.75
Ceiling: 15500 m / 50850 ft
Range: 7840 km / 4872 miles
Range, max payload: 3460nm
Capacity: max 18 pax.
Engines: 3 x 4750 lb Garrett TFE731-5B.
Falcon 900 C
Engine: 3 x AlliedSignal TFE 731 5AR, 19620 N / 2000 kp
Length: 66.273 ft / 20.2 m
Height: 24.934 ft / 7.6 m
Wingspan: 63.32 ft / 19.3 m
Wing area: 527.436 sq.ft / 49.0 sq.m
Max take off weight: 45511.2 lb / 20640.0 kg
Weight empty: 22424.9 lb / 10170.0 kg
Max. weight carried: 23086.4 lb / 10470.0 kg
Max. speed: 491 kts / 910 km/h
Landing speed: 79 kts / 147 km/h
Cruising speed: 448 kts / 830 km/h
Initial climb rate: 5905.51 ft/min / 30.0 m/s
Service ceiling: 51017 ft / 15550 m
Wing load: 86.31 lb/sq.ft / 421.0 kg/sq.m
Range: 3780 nm / 7000 km
Engines: 3 x 5,000-lb. Allied Signal TFE731-60 turbofans
Gross weight: 48,300 lb
Empty weight: 23,875 lb
Max cruise: Mach 0.80.
Range: 3,840-4,500 nm.
Ceiling: 51,000 ft