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At this year’s National Business Aviation Association Convention (NBAA), Embraer exhibits two models from its successful business jet family – the Legacy. The Company showcases the Legacy Executive, featuring a new interior configuration, and the Legacy Shuttle in a 16-seat configuration. Both aircraft will be open on static display at the Orlando Executive Airport during the event.

Held at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center on October 7-9, the 2003 edition of the NBAA Convention is one of the main events in the U.S. fully dedicated to corporate aviation. Key players in the industry, including operators, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and government authorities, are expected to attend.

“Embraer is excited to be at this year’s NBAA convention with two members of its family of corporate jets, the Legacy Executive and the Legacy Shuttle,” said Scott Kalister, vice-president, Embraer Corporate Jet Sales and Support in North America. “With both aircraft here for the first time, we can demonstrate to our customers how the range of options offered by the Legacy family meets their business jet requirements.”

The new interior configuration of the Legacy Executive stems from a totally rejuvenated design, which provides for an even better distribution of cabin space. The improved interior enhances functionality, adds a new perception of its already extraordinary spaciousness, and manages to conquer a true challenge: the one of improving the Legacy.

The new Legacy interior offers even more comfort and flexibility, with roomier lavatory (and an option for a forward lavatory) and galley, and enhanced acoustic insulation that guarantees a quieter, more comfortable in-flight experience.

The Legacy family consists of the Legacy Executive, with a range of 3,250 nm (8 pax, 0.74 Mach, NBAA reserves) with a 13-seat configuration; the Legacy Shuttle (16-19 seats, 1,840 nm range) and the Legacy Shuttle HC (30-37 seats, 1,840 nm range).

About the Legacy Family

The Legacy is a super mid-size twin-engine business jet based on the successful ERJ 135/ ERJ 145 platform. Available in Executive and Shuttle versions, every Legacy is delivered with a complete, customized interior, providing an abundant 1,410 cu. ft. (39.9 cu. m.) cabin volume, with ample room for work or relaxation.

The Legacy Executive incorporates modifications that comprise the addition of winglets and fuselage reinforcements, extra fuel tanks, an enhanced fuel system, as well as higher-rated turbofan engines. Between 2001 and 2002 the aircraft received final type certification by Brazilian, European and U.S. aviation authorities for operations worldwide.

With the largest cabin in its class (60 percent larger than other super mid-size jets), the Executive cruises at a speed of up to Mach .80 and offers a range of 3,250 nm (6,019 km) with 8 passengers and NBAA IFR reserves.

This range, bolstered by superior payload capabilities, enables customers to fly non-stop from New York to California or New York to London at a fraction of the cost of competition.

As many as 16 passengers can be comfortably seated in a three-zone cabin that reaches 6 ft in height. The natural light from the 22 windows and a state-of-the-art interior lighting system further enhances the feeling of spaciousness. The plush interior features leather seats, divan, credenza, tables for staff meetings, individual tables, galley, lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, DVD players, 6.5” LCD monitors and SatCom-type telecommunications. The 240 cu. ft. (6.8 cu. m.) baggage compartment of the Legacy Executive is one of the largest in the industry, and can be accessed during flight for greater passenger convenience.

The Legacy Shuttle offers various configurations. Up to 19 passengers can travel in business class comfort, and as many as 37 passengers may be comfortably accommodated in the Shuttle HC version, featuring an airline-quality interior that enhances productivity and offers an even larger baggage compartment (325 cu. ft. or 9.2 cu. m.).

Two ultra-quiet Rolls-Royce AE 3007 family high-bypass turbofan engines power the Legacy Family, controlled by dual redundant FADECs to optimize operation and reduce wear and fuel consumption. Both feature built-in test equipment and a trend monitoring system for easy fault identification and repair.

Equipped with dual hydraulic systems and two independent electrical systems, the Legacy carries a Hamilton Sundstrand APU that generates power to energize systems and keep the cabin cooled or heated when the aircraft is operated at airports with no ground support infrastructure.

Standard avionics include Honeywell's Primus 1000 integrated avionics system. This state-of-the-art flight deck features five 8x7-inch flat color displays driven by dual integrated computers and includes two PFDs, two MFDs and one EICAS system. The Executive avionics suite also incorporates Primus II radios, TCAS, EGPWS, plus dual FMS and GPS, dual Laseref IV Inertial Reference System, weather radar with turbulence detection, SatCom and Cat II autopilot/flight director. Most of these systems incorporate diagnostic capabilities, a feature that helps reduce troubleshooting time. In addition, the Legacy also complies with RVSM requirements.

About NBAA

Washington, DC-based National Business Aviation Association, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the business aviation community. The Association represents the aviation interests of over 7,300 companies that own or operate aircraft, or are involved with some other aspect of business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion dollars – a number that is about half the U.S. gross domestic product – and employ more than 19 million people worldwide.

Note to Editors

Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is a major aerospace company with 34 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global airline, defense and corporate markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, and offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States, the Company, as of the end of the 1st Quarter 2003, has a total workforce of 12,348 people. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of June 30, 2003 Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.3 billion.

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