European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research March 19, 2018, 03:39

Aircraft: FA20 - DLR

FA20 - DLR
Aircraft acronym FA20 - DLR Registration number D-CMET
Operator Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Transnational Access status Open to TA
Manufacturer Dassault Aviation, Mystere / Falcon 20 E-5 Engine category Jet
Aircraft type Research Categories Land/Sea surface properties, Troposphere


  • Length: 18.75 m
  • Height: 5.45 m
  • Wingspan: 16.46 m
Airplane dimensions 18.75 m 5.45 m 16.46 m

Flying performances

Min speed 82 m/s
Max speed 260 m/s
Usual speed during measurements 200 m/s
Usual speed during transit flights 100 m/s
Ascent rate 7 m/s
Min altitude
  • Above sea: 500 ft
  • Above ground: 500 ft
Max ceiling 42 000 ft
Usual ceiling during measurements 39 000 ft
Ceiling limitations

Data sheet / LBA (German Aviation Authority)
Airframe and Engine type determined

Empty weight 8 390 kg
Max take-off weight 13 755 kg
Max payload 1 810 kg
Max scientific payload 1 400 kg (X-coordinate of 2nd point)
Usual scientific payload during measurements 950 kg
Scientific payload for max endurance 950 kg (X-coordinate of 1st point)
Aircraft autonomy

Max endurance at min scientific payload and max fuel 4 h (Y-coordinate of 1st point)
Endurance at max scientific payload 4 h (Y-coordinate of 2nd point)

Max range 2 800 km (at min scientific payload and max fuel)
Conditions for max range

At FL350, max fuel, 400 kts

Range at max scientific payload None km
Usual range during measurement flight 2 400 km

Weather conditions limitations

VFR (2 pilots), IFR (2 pilots)

Take-off runway length 1 830 m

2 x Honeywell TFE 731-5BR-2C


EFIS-cockpit with GNS-X flight management systems.

Crew and scientists on board

Crew (pilots + operators)


Seats available for scientists

2 - 4


Length 4.60 m
Width 1.5 m
Height 1.64 m

Main door: W0.8 m x H1.5 m

Cabin pressurized


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Aircraft modifications

Nose boom

length 1.8 m made of CFK for carrying measuring probes (e.g. five hole probes for turbulence measurements)


2 coverable foto windows in the bottom and 1 on top of the fuselage with a diameter of 520 mm each.


Left side of the fuselage: 1 x W0.25 m x H0.57 m (for optical or IR equipment)
Top of the fuselage: 4 x D0.08 m

Hard points

5 hardpoint stations (2 under each wing, 1 under the bottom of the fuselage) to carry loads up to 130 kg each.


7 in total

Additionnal systems

pyranometer - radiometer
pyrgeometer - surface temp
KT 19 Heimann

Acquisition systems

up to 126 Data channels
up to 100 Hz sampling rate
several interfaces to connect user acquisition systems
inflight data processing
online graphic quicklook system
separate storage of raw and online processed physical data
hardcopy units
redundant storage (4x)

Electrical power

Aircraft total electrical power (kW)

28 VDC max 600 A, conversion to 220 VAC / 50 Hz

Electrical power (kW) and voltages (V) available for scientists

15 kW at 28 VDC

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 312609

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