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São José dos Campos, May 16, 2011 – Embraer’s midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500programs are well underway, and moving steadily through their Detailed Design and Certification Phase (DDCP), in the hands of more than 500 of the Company’s engineers.

A new full-size Legacy 500 mock-up, built by Austria’s List Components & Furniture GmbH and consisting of the cockpit, main cabin and aft baggage compartment, is now operational. The cockpit and cabin interior utilize approximately 90% of the current aircraft production parts manufactured by Embraer and the program suppliers.

The Critical Design Review (CDR) has also been completed, and the first and second prototypes of the Legacy 500 are being assembled at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

“It is amazing what has been accomplished by the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 team in the past months. Numerous refinements to the cabin styling and comfort have been implemented. We have also been dedicating a lot of attention to the robustness of the design and to product maturity. Our priority is to deliver to our customers a best-in-class airplane, with outstanding comfort, performance, reliability and maintenance characteristics,” said Maurício Almeida, Vice President, Programs – Embraer Executive Jets.

Honeywell is performing flight tests of its modern HTF7500E engines that incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements with improved fuel consumption, ease of maintenance, low operating costs, and reduced noise and emissions.

Numerous systems test benches are operational and dedicated to perform integration and maturity tests. “Our Iron Bird has performed almost 1,000 hours of tests, in order to guarantee the mature integration of all aircraft systems, with special attention to the fly-by-wire flight control system,” said Ricardo Maltez, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 Program Manager. “Avionics testing at both Embraer and Rockwell Collins are on schedule, meeting our design goals.

The first flight of the Legacy 500 is on schedule to be completed during the second half of 2011. Certification discussions are underway with the Brazilian civil aviation authority (ANAC), the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

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’sheadquarters 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 March 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,253 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.0 billion.

This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer’ s businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the Company’s investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words “believe”, “may”, “is able”, “will be able”, “intend”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “expect” and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.

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