EMBRAER PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF BRAZILIAN CHAMPION GIL DE FERRAN
Embraer, one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, will pay tribute to the illustrious racing career of retiring IndyCar racing champion and winner of this year’s Indy 500 Gil de Ferran by flying him home from his farewell IRL IndyCar Series race this week aboard an Embraer Legacy business jet.
Gil de Ferran, current holder of the New World Closed Course Speed record and two-time IndyCar champion, drives the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota /Firestone car in IRL. He will compete for the final time in the Chevy 500 Oct. 12 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and is in the running for the 2003 IRL Championship again this year. de Ferran will fly home from the Texas raceway in the Legacy to his home in Ft. Lauderdale.
“Gil de Ferran is considered both in Brazil and the United States as one of the world’s greatest drivers, so it is an honor for Embraer to provide our Legacy for this final race – a tribute to his legacy,” said Artur Coutinho, Embraer´s Senior Vice-President USA, Canada and Caribbean Civil Aviation. “It is only fitting that this legendary Brazilian racing hero should fly from the race in a Brazilian aircraft – the Legacy.”
“Throughout my career, I have enjoyed some of the fastest, most technologically advanced vehicles known to man,” commented de Ferran. “I can now add Embraer’s Legacy to that list. It is an honor for me that such a great and prestigious Brazilian company would choose to salute me in such a unique way.”
He has won races around the world and was the overall IndyCar points champion in 2000 and 2001, only the fourth driver in history with that distinction. In 2000, he set the closed course speed record at the California Speedway with a qualifying run of 241.428 mph.
About the Legacy Family
The Legacy is a super mid-size twin-engine business jet based on the successful ERJ 135/ ERJ 145 platform. Available in Executive and Shuttle versions, every Legacy is delivered with a complete, customized interior, providing an abundant 1,410 cu. ft. (39.9 cu. m.) cabin volume, with ample room for work or relaxation. The Legacy Executive incorporates modifications that comprise the addition of winglets and fuselage reinforcements, extra fuel tanks, an enhanced fuel system, as well as higher-rated turbofan engines.
Between 2001 and 2002 the aircraft received final type certification by Brazilian, European and U.S. aviation authorities for operations worldwide. With the largest cabin in its class (60 percent larger than other super mid-size jets), the Executive cruises at a speed of up to Mach .80 and offers a range of 3,250 nm (6,019 km) with 8 passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior payload capabilities, enables customers to fly non-stop from New York to California or New York to London at a fraction of the cost of competition.
As many as 16 passengers can be comfortably seated in a three-zone cabin that reaches 6 ft in height. The natural light from the 22 windows and a state-of-the-art interior lighting system further enhances the feeling of spaciousness. The plush interior features leather seats, divan, credenza, tables for staff meetings, individual tables, galley, lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, DVD players, 6.5” LCD monitors and SatCom-type telecommunications. The 240 cu. ft. (6.8 cu. m.) baggage compartment of the Legacy Executive is one of the largest in the industry, and can be accessed during flight for greater passenger convenience.
The Legacy Shuttle offers various configurations. Up to 19 passengers can travel in business class comfort, and as many as 37 passengers may be comfortably accommodated in the Shuttle HC version, featuring an airline-quality interior that enhances productivity and offers an even larger baggage compartment (325 cu. ft. or 9.2 cu. m.).
Two ultra-quiet Rolls-Royce AE 3007 family high-bypass turbofan engines power the Legacy Family, controlled by dual redundant FADECs to optimize operation and reduce wear and fuel consumption. Both feature built-in test equipment and a trend monitoring system for easy fault identification and repair. Equipped with dual hydraulic systems and two independent electrical systems, the Legacy carries a Hamilton Sundstrand APU that generates power to energize systems and keep the cabin cooled or heated when the aircraft is operated at airports with no ground support infrastructure.
Standard avionics include Honeywell's Primus 1000 integrated avionics system. This state-of-the-art flight deck features five 8x7-inch flat color displays driven by dual integrated computers and includes two PFDs, two MFDs and one EICAS system. The Executive avionics suite also incorporates Primus II radios, TCAS, EGPWS, plus dual FMS and GPS, dual Laseref IV Inertial Reference System, weather radar with turbulence detection, SatCom and Cat II autopilot/flight director. Most of these systems incorporate diagnostic capabilities, a feature that helps reduce troubleshooting time. In addition, the Legacy also complies with RVSM requirements.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is a major aerospace company with 34 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, defense and corporate markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, and offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States, the Company, as of the end of the 1st Quarter 2003, has a total workforce of 12,348 people. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of June 30, 2003 Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.3 billion.
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