– Embraer’s development program for its mid- size, 3,000-nm-range Legacy 500 executive jet achieved several significant milestones recently including taxi runs and the beginning of Ground Vibration Tests (GVT) in anticipation of the first flight scheduled for the third quarter. Milestones also include developments in the second and third prototypes. Concurrently, the Joint Definition Phase (JDP) has started for its sister aircraft, the mid-light, 2,300-nm-range Legacy 450 executive jet.
“We have achieved key milestones that make us confident we will perform the Legacy 500 first flight in the third quarter of this year, as planned,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, Sr., Vice President Operations and COO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The tests demonstrate the aircraft is very mature regarding systems design and integration. As the Legacy 500 starts its test campaign, development of the Legacy 450 project grows with the JDP well underway.”
The Legacy 500 first prototype began taxi tests, achieving 40 knots and then 80 knots, and GVT in March. At the same time, the Wing Fuselage Junction and the first Power On were completed on prototype #2. Production also completed the fuselage junction of Prototype #3, which will be the first to have the complete interior.
The development test benches have also been busy. The Iron Bird, a flight controls integrated test facility is being used to evaluate the equipment and components of the fly-by-wire flight controls, avionics, hydraulics and several other system interfaces, logging over 1,700 hours of tests.
There are more than 800 Embraer engineers supporting the technical efforts to achieve certification by ANAC (Brazil), FAA (USA), EASA (Europe), and other aviation authorities in key markets throughout the world. The aircraft will be the only ones in their categories equipped with cutting-edge, fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operational and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The Legacy 500 was rolled out on December 23, 2011. On January 17, 2012, Embraer accomplished the first engine run at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The tests were successful with all functionalities and interfaces operating as expected.
A series of preparatory evaluations – such as APU tests and first refueling – were held on 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. Pressurization was also performed with excellent results in addition to successful steering and braking tests.
About the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500
The mid-light Legacy 450 and mid-size Legacy 500 set a new paradigm in their respective executive jet categories. Both aircraft will have the largest cabins and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat-floor, stand-up (six-foot, or 1.82-meter) cabin, excellent pressurization and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the aircraft, complementing superior performance and low operating costs.
The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionTM avionics system provides extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF 7500 state-of-the-art engines incorporate the latest technologies for meeting performance requirements and improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and low operating costs while maintaining its design emphasis on dispatch reliability.
The mid-light Legacy 450 is designed to carry up to nine passengers. Its range will be 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 km) with four passengers, or 2,200 nautical miles (4,070 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, meaning the jet will be able to fly nonstop from London to Moscow (Russia) or Rabat (Morocco); from Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong; or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).
The mid-size Legacy 500 will carry up to 12 passengers. It is designed for a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km) with four passengers, or 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km) with eight passengers, both including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. These characteristics will allow customers to fly from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S.; from Moscow to Mumbai (India), Sao Paulo, (Brazil) to Monrovia, (Liberia) or London to Lagos (Nigeria).
About Embraer Customer Support and Services
To meet the demands of executive jet customers, Embraer invested in the creation of an extensive network of six Company-owned and more than 60 authorized service centers, worldwide, including partnerships with renowned companies in the areas of logistics as well as pilot and mechanic training. For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, see: www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
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 March 31, 2012, Embraer had a workforce of 17,629 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 14.7 billion.
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