Dassault Falcon 900LX

Dassault Falcon 900LX

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On May 19, 2008, at the 8th Annual EBACE Convention, Dassault announced a new addition to the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 900LX. The Falcon 900LX will be built on the same platform as the Falcon 900EX EASy but will feature winglets and an extended range to 4,800 nautical miles. Certification is expected in the first half of 2010. It will be available for deliveries starting mid 2010 and will start to replace the Falcon 900EX.

 

“The 900LX will make one of the most popular Falcon series much more capable, economical and environmentally responsible to operate – an issue that means more today than ever before,” said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. “Our customers have been telling us that efficiency is becoming a bigger part of the decision making process when acquiring a business jet. The 900LX will be the most efficient airplane in its class even more so.”

 

Home airport:
Aircraft Type

NBAA Range NM

Cruise Speed

DOC’s per hour

Seating

Cabin H

Cabin W

Cabin L

Falcon 900LX

4800

459

N/A

8-12

6′ 2″

7′ 8″

26′ 2″

 

Following initial flight testing, the Falcon 900LX’s improved wing aerodynamics demonstrated a reduction in drag by as much as 7%, offering corresponding range and efficiency improvements over the Falcon 900EX. The climb performance will be also improved by 10% and the airplane will be capable to reach FL390 in just 20 minutes. The 900LX will feature 55-70% better efficiency than other airplanes in its class (see graph below).

Stronger wing reinforcements due to higher wing loading are necessary to accommodate the winglets which were originally designed by Aviation Partners (API) for the Falcon 2000EX program. Some systems’ changes are necessary to accommodate the new configuration.

Dassault Falcon and API’s intent is to propose a retrofit program for in-service Falcon 900 operators.

Extended City Pairs

To complement its extended range, the new 900LX offers the same spacious, quiet interior as the 900EX but with an expanded list of city pairs. The 900LX will be able to fly from New York to Moscow; Paris to Beijing and Mumbai to London. Also, the design makes it the only business jet in its class capable of landing with fuel tanks nearly full. The 900LX can leave Washington D.C. for New York and continue to Moscow without adding fuel. Likewise, the airplane can leave Paris with four passengers, pick up four more in Geneva and continue to Beijing without adding fuel.

 

The aircraft comes standard with the award-winning EASy flight deck. The EASy flight deck is designed to reduce pilot workload and improve pilot interaction through elevated situational awareness in the cockpit. Today, over 215 EASy equipped aircraft are in operation.

The Falcon 900LX will be powered by the same Honeywell TFE731-60 engines as the 900EX. Each of the three turbofans is rated at 5,000 lbs of thrust (ISA + 17C), and the Falcon unique three-engine configuration offers significant benefits in runway performance and added security on long over-water flights. The Honeywell TFE731-60 engines have accumulated nearly 540,000 flight hours and have proven to be highly reliable and efficient.

The Falcon 900LX At A Glance…

FALCON 900LX SPECIFICATIONS AND PERFORMANCE*

Powerplant ………………………..3 Honeywell TFE731-60 (5,000 lb Thrust ea. @ ISA + 17°C)

Passenger Cabin Dimensions

Length………………………………33 ft 2 in / 10.11 m
Height……………………………….6 ft 2 in / 1.88 m
Width…………………………………7 ft 8 in / 2.34 m
Floor………………………………….6 ft 3.2 in / 10.11 m
Baggage……………………………127 cu ft / 3.60 cu m

Performance

Balanced Field Length…………5,050 ft / 1,540 m
Range……………………………….4,500 nm / 8,335 km (M.80)
Range……………………………….4,800 nm / 8,890 km (LRC)
Landing Distance………………..2,400 ft / 730 m
Approach Speed (Vref)………..110 kias / 204 km/hr

Weights

Maximum Takeoff………………..48,300 lb / 21,900 kg
Maximum Zero Fuel……………..30,864 lb / 14,000 kg
Maximum Fuel…………………….21,000 lb / 9,525 kg
Maximum Landing……………….42,000 lb / 19,050 kg
Basic Operating…………………..25,080 lb / 11,375 kg

*All performance and weights are preliminary.

Images provided by Dassault Falcon

 

Information gathered from various internet sources. Reasonable attempts have been made to ensure accuracy and veracity of sources. However, this information should not be used for flight planning or official purposes.

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One Response to “Dassault Falcon 900LX”

  1. Aircraft on 2012/03/26 @ 08:28

    Being the daughter of a pioneer aircraft designer of the 40s to 70s and having grown up with the high pitch drone of RAE Farnborough UK wind tunnel pervading my school studies, and the thud of John Derrys first breaking of the sound barrier. Great stuff.

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