EMBRAER SELECTS GARMIN AS AVIONICS SUPPLIER FOR ITS NEW BUSINESS JETS
Orlando, Fla., Nov. 8, 2005 – Embraer has chosen Garmin to supply the integrated avionics suite for its new Light and Very Light Jets launched earlier this year. Garmin joins Pratt & Whitney Canada, the powerplant supplier, as the second major partner on the new Embraer program.
Flight decks on Embraer’s new business jets will be called ProdigyTM.
“Embraer is committed to delivering truly revolutionary products to our sophisticated customer base. Garmin has the most integrated system on the market for this class and will bring intuitive cutting-edge technology to the cockpit,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Senior Vice President, Executive Aviation Market. “Embraer’s tailored solution, Prodigy, will offer new levels of integration, display flexibility, and monitoring of aircraft systems.”
Affonso also said Garmin’s system will provide the best mix of operational capability, affordability, integration, reliability and growth potential. The selected avionics system will greatly enhance situational awareness due to human factor advancements in its design, making it the best-suited system for single-pilot operation.
“Embraer is an established and respected leader in aviation, and we are very pleased to have been selected as the avionics supplier,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s Vice President, Marketing. “This announcement further validates the G1000’s flexibility as the industry’s leading avionics suite for a wide range of aircraft.”
Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite offers Embraer’s Very Light Jet and Light Jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The pilot-friendly cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two primary flight displays (PFD) and one multi-function display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alerting system data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlightreadable color on three high-definition displays.
The Very Light and Light Jets
The Very Light Jet (VLJ) and Light Jet (LJ) are best-in-class. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for these jets.
Both aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style unseen in their categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by the size of the generous windows and the most ample cabin in their class. Onboard conveniences include a refreshment center, a private lavatory and satellite entertainment and communications.
The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the two new aircraft will enable single-pilot operation. Drawing from the Legacy’s design heritage, the VLJ and LJ will be built for high utilization and high reliability, features particularly suitable for the air taxi market worldwide.
Embraer’s VLJ will carry up to eight occupants and will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW617F engines, with 1,615 pounds of thrust each. Its range will be 1,160 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with four persons onboard and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70. The airplane is designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters).
The VLJ is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and will be priced at $2.75 million based on 2005 economic conditions.
The LJ will be powered by P&WC’s PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each. Comfortably accommodating up to nine occupants, its range will be 1,800 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with six persons onboard, and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78. The airplane is also designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,700 meters).
The LJ is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at US$ 6.65 million based on 2005 economic conditions.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices - most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at +1 913-397-8200. Garmin and G1000 are registered trademarks, and GFC 700 and GCU 476 are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 36 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global Airline, Defense and Business jet markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of September 30, 2005, Embraer had a total workforce of 17,046 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.4 billion.
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