Dassault Falcon 900DX
With 44 years in the industry, Dassault-Aviation’s Falcon family is comprised of highly-reputable, two- or three-engine business jets. Evolved from the original long-range Falcon 900, the Falcon 900DX is just one step down from the top-performing EX. Offering all but a few of the EX’s competitive performance capabilities, the Falcon 900DX is a value at under $35 million. The Falcon 900DX was introduced in 2005 and continues to be manufactured today.
Dassault modified the design of the former Falcon 900’s to create a more reliable, better performing aircraft. The frame is almost entirely constructed of carbon fiber and Kevlar (featured specifically in the tailcone, radome and cabin doors). The Falcon 900DX has a lower takeoff speed, placing more thrust accumulation near the centerline. It can climb to its initial cruise altitude (FL370) in just 17 minutes, one minute faster than the superior EX, and travel 4,000 nautical miles. The DX’s high speed cruise is 474 knots and its flight ceiling is a substantial 51,000 feet. It gains in runway requirements as an exchange for a lower maximum takeoff weight.
True to Dassault form, the cabins of the Falcon 900DX and EX can be summed up in one word: spacious. The Falcon 900DX has one of the largest cabins in its class, measuring 6.2 feet high, 39 feet long and a generous 7.7 feet wide. And its appeal doesn’t stop there. It features key executive-travel amenities including phones, fax, SATCOM, data link, copier computer, video screens, television, custom executive desk, and conference tables. Typically configured for eight passengers, the cabin is divided into three separate sections to maximize effectiveness and comfort. Additional facets are plenty of natural light from two dozen panoramic windows, and a full-service galley that allows two hot-meal preparations.
Perhaps the single most distinguishing characteristic of the Falcon 900 series is its three-engine muscle responsible for exceptional performance capabilities. The Falcon 900DX is powered by three Honeywell TFE731-5BR-1C engines rated at 4,750 pounds of thrust apiece. Inspection interval is 7,200 hours. These engines require less fuel and weight to cover the same distance as two-engine models.
The Falcon 900DX also shares its advanced EASy cockpit system with the EX. Integrated into Honeywell’s Primus Epic suite, EASy features four 14-inch Primus Epic screens in a T arrangement. Increased precision and crew coordination are direct benefits.
Enjoying the same speed, size and comfort as its prominent sibling, the Falcon 900DX is everything you need, and a few things you simply want, in a long-range business jet. It offers a rivaled cabin volume and performance only achieved by three engines to adequately accommodate your private jet travel.