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06/02/2012

FIRST ENGINE RUN FOR THE LEGACY 500

São José dos Campos, Brazil, February 6, 2012 – Embraer performed the Legacy 500 first engine run on January 17, at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. This was the second major milestone in the development of the midsize executive jet program, following the aircraft’s roll out, on December 23, 2011.

A series of preparatory evaluations – such as APU tests and first refueling – were held the day prior to the engine run. Engine tests are essential to properly evaluate all dependent systems: bleed air, electrical, environmental (air conditioning), hydraulic, and FADEC logics, as well as the integration of the engine with avionics.

Being successful on our first engine run reflects the robustness of the concept conceived by our engineers,” said Luciano Castro, Legacy 500 Program Vice President – Embraer Executive Jets. “This was possible thanks to the extensive use of RIGs to test the systems prior to aircraft prototype availability. It makes us confident that we will have a smooth flight test and certification campaign.

The entire process is recorded, and data obtained are compared to engineering projections. Once engines reach full thrust and systems integration is confirmed, low-speed taxi tests will commence.

The first flight of the Legacy 500 is expected to take place in the third quarter of this year.   

About the Legacy 500

Launched in 2008, the Legacy 500 sets a new paradigm for the midsize category. The interior was designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offers unequaled comfort and style. The aircraft will have the largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in its class. A flat- floor stand-up (6-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 500, complementing its superior performance and low operating costs.

The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF7500E state-of-the-art engines began to be tested in 2010, and have accumulated more than 200 hours on the flight test bench. They incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved efficiency, in terms of fuel consumption, facilitated maintenance, low operating costs, and reduced noise and pollution emissions, thus lessening environmental impact. The jet will be the fastest in its category and the only one equipped with cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The Legacy 500 will carry up to 12 passengers. It is designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 kilometers) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 kilometers) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from New York to Los Angeles (U.S.), or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India), for example.

Note to Editors

Embraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 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. On December 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,265 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 15.4 billion.

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