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São José dos Campos, Brazil, August 12, 2014 – The Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) today granted type certification for the Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), in São Paulo, Brazil. Embraer expects to receive certification from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in the upcoming weeks and certification by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) thereafter.

“We are thrilled with the achievement of the Legacy 500 certification, a revolutionary jet that delivers true innovation to our customers,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO. “I want to congratulate our teams for their passion and their dedication to bring to market this extraordinary aircraft.”

The flight test program comprised four prototype aircraft, which have carried out extensive function and reliability testing. The Legacy 500 test fleet completed over 1,800 flight hours. Over 20,000 hours of tests were conducted in laboratories with rigs for aircraft avionics, electrical, hydraulic, and environmental systems.

Production of the Legacy 500 has already begun and the first delivery is scheduled for September. Up to six aircraft will be produced in 2014, and production of the Legacy 500 will increase throughout 2015.

“We are very pleased to confirm that all Legacy 500 design goals have been achieved or exceeded” said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “This aircraft is a game changer! With greater range and better field performance than originally planned, the Legacy 500 sets a new standard for the midsize class.”

Legacy 500 Main Characteristics
Specifications Design Goals Certified Legacy 500
Range (1)
3,000 nm /  5,556 km 3,125 nm / 5,788 km
Takeoff distance(2) 4,600 ft / 1,402 m 4,084 ft / 1,245 m
Unfactored landing distance(3) 2,400 ft / 732 m 2,122 ft / 647 m
Block fuel for 600nm @ M0.80(4) 2,610 lb / 1,184 kg 2,540 lb / 1,152 kg
Maximum operating altitude 45,000 ft / 13,716 m 45,000 ft / 13,716 m
Initial climb altitude(5) 43,000 ft / 13,106 m 43,000 ft / 13,106 m
Time to climb to initial climb altitude(5) 22 min 22 min
Maximum operating speed (MMO) Mach 0.83 Mach 0.83
High speed cruise(6) 460 kt / 852 km/h 466 kt / 863 km/h
Maximum payload(7) 2,800 lb / 1,270 kg 2,800 lb / 1,270 kg
Payload full fuel(7) 1,600 lb / 726 kg 1,600 lb / 726 kg
Total baggage & stowage volume 150 ft3 /  4.25 m3 155 ft3 /  4.39 m3
External noise Stage IV 23 EPNdB below stage IV
Engine thrust 6,540 lbf 7,036 lbf
Engine flat rating ISA + 15 oC ISA + 18 oC
(1)NBAA IFR reserves; 200 nm alternate; 4 pax @ 200 lbs each; baseline aircraft; LRC (Long Range Cruise)
(3)SL; ISA ; 4 pax @ 200 lbs each; NBAA IFR reserves; 200 nm alternate; baseline aircraft
(4)NBAA IFR reserves; 200 nm alternate; 4 pax @ 200 lbs each; baseline aircraft
(5) From SL; @ MTOW; ISA
(6)Max cruise speed; FL430; ISA; 4 pax @ 200lbs each; half fuel tank; baseline aircraft
(7)Baseline aircraft

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About the Legacy 500

The Legacy 500 has the best-in-class six-foot flat-floor cabin, which is comparable to those of some aircraft in the super midsize category. Eight club seats may be berthed into four beds for complete rest in a cabin altitude of 6,000 feet. The in-flight entertainment system consists of a high definition video system, surround sound, multiple audio and video input options, a cabin management system, and three options for voice communications and connectivity.

The Legacy 500 is the first midsize business jet with digital flight controls, based on Fly-By-Wire technology, featuring side sticks. The state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite on four 15-inch high resolution LCD displays allows graphical flight planning, and has options like paperless operations capability, auto brakes, and the E2VS (Embraer Enhanced Vision System), which includes a Head Up Display (HUD) with the Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

The Legacy 500 is capable of flying at 45,000 feet and is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines, the greenest in their class. Taking off from airfields as short as 4,084 ft, the Legacy 500 has a range of 3,125 nautical miles (5,788 kilometers) with four passengers, including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, which enables it to fly nonstop from São Paulo to Caracas, Los Angeles to Honolulu, Teterboro to London, Moscow to New Delhi, Jakarta to Sydney, Dubai to Zurich, and Beijing to New Delhi.

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Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.embraer.com.br.

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