São José dos Campos, October 21, 2010
– Embraer “powered on” the Legacy 450/500 flight controls integrated test facility, known as the Iron Bird. The facility integrates the equipment and components of the fly-by-wire flight controls, avionics, hydraulics and several other system interfaces of the new midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jets.
“Today, Embraer accomplished a significant milestone for the Legacy 450/500 program, and I would like to congratulate the team for this achievement
,” said Humberto Pereira, Embraer Vice President, Engineering, Executive Jets. “The Iron Bird is an important test facility forfly-by-wire development, because it allows the validation of proper systems integration and contributes to greater aircraft maturity when it enters service
The Legacy 450/500 Iron Bird has been developed by Embraer in a partnership with Parker, which supplies the flight control system. It features a fully equipped cockpit with the actual hardware of an airplane installation. In a very automated environment, not only flight controls and systems integration are tested, but the platform can also be connected to the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and aircraft electrical system, which have their own dedicated test facilities. The Iron Bird allows pilots to be a part of the tests through an integrated aerodynamic model and visual system.
The Legacy 450/500 development program is advancing at a steady pace. The first flight of the Legacy 500 is on schedule for the second half of 2011.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 September 30, 2010, Embraer had a workforce of 17,009 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 15.3 billion.
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