São José dos Campos, May 3, 2010
– Embraer is moving steadily towards the Legacy 650 jet type certification in the second half of 2010 by the Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), followed by the U.S. (FAA) certificate. The first delivery is planned for this year to a Europe-based customer.
The Legacy 650 was announced at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), as an extended-range derivative of the successful Legacy 600 platform. The aircraft’s increased range is a result of extensive airframe modifications, including the addition of an aft ventral tank and a new central wet wing box, and reinforcements to the wing structure and landing gear.
Embraer has two Legacy 650 prototypes in the certification campaign. Both flight and ground tests are near completion, with approximately 95% of total test hours already accomplished. A series of tests and demonstrations were carried out, focusing on the aircraft’s performance, flight quality, engines, and the fuel system. Results have demonstrated the aircraft is meeting performance targets. The integration of the Honeywell Primus Elite™ system is also progressing as planned. This new avionics suite equips both the Legacy 650 and the Legacy 600, providing advanced navigation, communication, and graphical display capabilities.
“The Legacy 650 test campaign has gone smoothly and the results have been as expected. The airplane benefits from the proven DNA of the Legacy 600, offering enhanced capabilities with the updated cockpit and increased range
,” said Maurício Almeida, Embraer Vice President,
Programs – Executive Jets.
In mid-April, another important campaign milestone was achieved: the new highly efficient Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines received FAA’s type and production certificates. The Legacy 650 will also feature an improved noise insulation package that was incorporated to the Legacy 600 this year. This solution makes extensive use of state-of-the-art materials to lower interior noise levels by more than 3 decibels SIL (Speech Interference Level). For more information on Embraer Executive Jets, visit www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
About the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650
The super midsize Legacy 600 carries 13 passengers (standard configuration) in comfort and privacy in three distinct cabin zones. The refined interior offers leather seats, sofa, credenza, and tables for meals or meetings. The airplane also has a spacious galley for preparing hot and cold meals, an ample aft lavatory, wardrobes, cabinets, and an entertainment system with DVD and satellite communication. Optional High-Speed Data (HSD) equipment and Wi-Fi technology enable customers to browse the Internet, access e-mail, and transfer files during trips, providing a better use of time, increased work productivity, and more entertainment possibilities. The aircraft has a large baggage compartment, which is easily accessed during flight, and has a total capacity of 286 cubic feet (8,100 liters). The jet has a cruising speed of Mach 0.80. Its range of 3,250 nautical miles (6,019 km) with eight passengers, or 3,400 nautical miles (6,297 km) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means that the jet can fly nonstop from Munich (Germany), London or Geneva (Switzerland) to Dubai; from Berlin (Germany) to Praia (Cape Verde); from Frankfurt (Germany) to Karachi (Pakistan); from Hamburg (Germany) to Delhi; from Los Angeles (U.S.) to Honolulu (Hawaii); from Delhi, or Singapore, to Tokyo (Japan); or from Shanghai (China) to Delhi. More than 180 Legacy 600 jets presently operate in 29 countries, with high rates of dispatch reliability and low operating costs.
The large Legacy 650 was announced in October 2009 at the 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), in Orlando, Florida, U.S. Based on the successful Legacy 600 platform, it will provide longer trips for up to 14 passengers, while maintaining the same level of comfort. Its range of 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km) with four passengers, or 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 km) with eight passengers, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means that the aircraft can fly nonstop from London to New York; Dubai to London or Singapore; Miami to São Paulo (Brazil); Singapore to Sydney (Australia); or Mumbai to Central Europe. The Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 feature advanced navigation capabilities and the Primus Elite™ avionic suite, which incorporates an upgraded graphical user interface, enabling smarter and faster decisions while reducing pilot workload. The Legacy 650 first delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2010.
To meet the demands of executive jet customers, Embraer invested in the creation of a support system consisting of six Company-owned service centers and an extensive authorized service center network, worldwide, as well as partnerships with renowned companies in the areas of logistics and pilot and mechanic training. They offer routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and special service solution programs, like the Embraer Executive Care (EEC). The Company’s product support structure covers flight operations, and technical and maintenance support customized to the operating profile of each aircraft, as well as a new customer Contact Center. This structure makes possible a significant reduction of aircraft costs and downtime and maximizes the benefits of this important business tool.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica 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 United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2010, Embraer had a workforce of 16,792 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.0 billion.
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