The cockpit was my office. It was a place where I experienced many emotions and learned many lessons. It was a place of
work, but also a keeper of dreams. It was a place of deadly serious encounters, yet there I discovered much about life. I
learned about joy and sorrow, pride and humility, fear and overcoming fear. I saw much from that office that most people
would never see. At times it terrified me, yet I could always feel at home there. It was my place, at that time in space, and
the jet was mine for those moments. Though it was a place where I could quickly die, the cockpit was a place where I truly
Brian Shul, "Sled Driver; Flying The World's Fastest Jet."
"If something is going to kill us it will come thru that windshield.
Stop looking at the instruments so much and look outside!"
Shawn D. McDonell, Professional Flight Training, L.C
"This business is all about rocks and martinis. Don't hit the rocks in front of
the aircraft, and don't spill the martinis in the back while you're doing it".
Vern Phagan, Instructor Pilot CAE SimuFlite.
"Don't touch the propellers, they are turning extremely fast".
"It's going quite well - so far".
Sandy Carter (on looking out the cockpit window at yet another turbo-charged
engine straining to get airborne on a humid summer afternoon).
SHORT VIDEOS (courtesy of "youtube"):
Recurrent training. Georgetown DE, 2007.
(Thanks for the photo Alex!)
Dallas, 2AM, 2008.
Crew accommodations - life on the road. Sometimes
the Holiday Inns are full, so you get to stay here.
Wyndham Resort, St. Thomas, USVI. 11/2008
And sometimes this is all there is available.
Arica, Chile 11/2008
|Some Falcon 10 Data
A. Fuel burn / Range – at typical climb profiles and altitudes:
Hour Distance Fuel burn
1 370 nm 1800 lbs
2 460 nm 1400 lbs
3 460 nm 1300 lbs
4 460 nm 1200 lbs
1750 nm 5700 lbs *
*Max fuel capacity: 5912 lbs/882 US gallons
B. Limiting weights:
Max takeoff: 18,740 lbs (most aircraft) 19,300 lbs (with SB F10-0238) *
Max landing: 17,640 lbs 17,640 lbs
Max ZFW: 13,560 lbs 14,400 lbs
Typical empty weight: 11,750 lbs 11,750 lbs
*SB F10-0238 specifies the installation of thick-wall main gear actuators.
C. Miscellaneous specs:
US certification basis: FAR 25
Maximum operating speed: 0.87 Mach
Maximum operating altitude: 45,000 feet
Maximum seats: 9
Minimum start temperature: - 54C
Demonstrated crosswind: 25 knots
Typical approach speed: 110 knots
Engines: Garrett TFE731-2-1C or TFE731-2C-1C*
*Higher temperature limits. Either engine has same rated thrust of 3230 lbs.
D. Runways – some numbers:
Landing. At 14,500 lbs landing weight at sea-level elevation: Landing distance/Landing Field Length: 2300/3900 feet
Takeoff. At gross weight at sea-level elevation and 60 degF temperature: Balanced Field Length: 4700 feet
Takeoff. At gross weight at sea-level elevation and 90 degF temperature: Balanced Field Length: 6000 feet
"All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity.
But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did".
T.E.Lawrence, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom".
Falcon 10 recurrent training.
CAE SimuFlite, Dallas 4/2011
Daytona Beach, Florida 10/2011.
Embry-Riddle University visit, courtesy of Dassault-Falcon Jet.
Aircraft specific information:
(You can learn more about the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 at voyager.jpl.nasa.gov.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory website has the history of these missions, as well as the current distance of these spacecraft from the Earth).
( which is downloadable as a PDF file)
Chuck and Craig.
FlightSafety, Dallas, 7/2014.
Sandy and Sam, Piper Cub.
Aerospace Engineering - Senior Design Project, 5/2011
Falcon 10 - post-maintenance checkflight (following C-Inspections).
Flight profile per Dassault, 7/2014.
Stunningly precise news reporting - CNN reminds us about
the astonishing relationship between fuel versus gravity.
A thesis submitted for the requirements of Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
by Mr. Phil Rademacher, ERAU, May 2014.