– Embraer has selected Honeywell to be the supplier of the Audio/Video and Cabin Management System (AVCMS) for the Company’s midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jets. Honeywell’ s Ovation®SelectTM Cabin Connection Suite provides a vivid high-definition audio/video experience and a fully digital cabin management solution with intuitive controls and state-of-the-art features.
“Embraer’s Executive Jets focus is on the best in passenger comfort and productivity. Honeywell’s proven experience and products serve our purpose very well,” said Maurício Almeida Filho, Embraer Vice-President, Programs – Executive Jets. “With the Ovation®SelectTM intuitive passenger interface technology, we will be able to deliver a better overall in-flight experience.”
The AVCMS selection was based on Honeywell’s top-flight product, using the latest digital technology. Its robust and reliable architecture is simple, and easy to install and to support, arising from many years of aircraft cabin entertainment experience.
“Honeywell’s modular, lightweight and flexible system delivers high-quality, crisp surround sound audio, vivid high-definition video and digital communication distribution throughout the cabin, satisfying the growing bandwidth demands of tomorrow’ s high-tech communication devices,” said Rob Wilson, President, Honeywell Business and General Aviation. “Embraer will be the first to offer Honeywell’ s all-digital, high-definition cabin management system that will make the passenger in-flight experience seamless and easy.”
The individual touch screen control panels provide passengers with controls for such AVCMS components as Blu-ray, LCD Monitor, 3-D moving map system, lighting, temperature, cabin speakers, and window shades, among others, including a media dock for iPod use, or any carry-on A/V equipment. A full high-definition video system provides state-of-the-art video quality. The Hi-Fidelity sound system provides crystal-clear surround sound throughout the cabin. Its highly scalable system architecture can quickly be upgraded to adapt to new consumer electronics.
This AVCMS is the fifth Honeywell system selected to equip the new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets by Embraer. It joins the HTF7500E propulsion system, the 36-150 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), and the environmental control and cabin pressurization systems, solidifying the relationship between the two companies.
The Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are clean-sheet design aircraft, the first in their categories to offer a 6-foot (1.82-meter) stand-up cabin with a flat floor. Full fly-by-wire technology will enhance travel comfort and reduce pilot workload. The Legacy 500 is expected to enter service in the second half of 2012, and the Legacy 450 in the second half of 2013. The launch price for the Legacy 450 is US$ 15.25 million and that of the Legacy 500, US$ 18.4 million, based on January 2008 economic conditions.
About the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets
Launched in 2008, the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are medium-sized executive jets that set a new paradigm in their respective categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, offering unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat floor stand-up (six-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, complementing its superior performance and low operating costs.
The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line FusionTM avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. The HTF7500E state-of-the- art engines, manufactured by Honeywell, 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 their environmental impact. The jets will be the fastest in their categories and the only ones equipped with the cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The Legacy 450 is being designed to carry up to nine passengers. It will have a range of 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 Delhi (India) to Dubai or Hong Kong, or from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Calcutta (India).
The Legacy 500 will carry up to nine passengers. It is being 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 nonstop from New York to Los Angeles, in the U.S., or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India).
Note to Editors
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