São José dos Campos, July 20, 2010
– Embraer received the prestigious Flightglobal Achievement Award, today, in a ceremony held during the 47th Farnborough International Airshow, in England. The award was granted in the Innovator of the Year category for the development of the fly-by-wire system that will equip the new midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 executive jets.
“It is a great honor for Embraer to receive this prestigious award, and I would like to thank Flight International magazine readers for choosing the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 flyby- wire system as the innovation of the year
,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “These jets will be the first in their categories to feature full flyby- wire systems, delivering valuable advantages to our customers. I congratulate our team for this outstanding job and for helping us fulfill the promise of developing distinctive and innovativeairplanes for the business aviation market.
The Flightglobal Achievement Awards are organized, annually, by Flight International magazine. The prize recognizes individuals, teams and innovations in the aviation and aerospace industries. Ciro Tokasiki, Embraer Product Development Manager for the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 Program, received the award on behalf of the engineers and pilots of the Embraer fly-by-wire development team.
“This recognition is the result of excellent teamwork by the group of Embraer engineers and pilots, who I’m very proud to represent, today
,” said Ciro Tokasiki. “The full fly-by-wire system with side-stick controls will enable a smoother and safer flight and offer passengers and pilots the advantage of optimized performance, increased comfort, greater control, reduced workload, and flight envelope protection
Embraer’s experience with fly-by-wire systems goes back to the 1980s, with the development of the AMX subsonic fighter, which had rudder and spoilers controlled by this system. In the late 1990s, the EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets went a step further, with elevators, rudder and roll spoilers digitally controlled, and featuring advanced functions, such as embedded step approach and stall protection system via the angle of attack limiter.
The Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500 are the first full fly-by-wire Embraer jets, with all flight control surfaces digitally controlled by closed-loop architecture. Taking advantage of the Company’s previous developments, these airplanes are now taken to the next level in terms of ease of operation, functionalities and protection. Embraer is responsible for the development of the system’s innovative control laws, which are currently being tested in engineering simulators, and will soon be implemented in the Legacy 500 “Iron Bird” rig. The first flight of the Legacy 500 executive jet is planned for the second half of 2011.About the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets
The midlight Legacy 450 and midsize Legacy 500 set new paradigms in their respective executive jet categories. Their interiors were designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and offer unequaled comfort and style. These aircraft will have the largest cabin and the best acoustical insulation in their classes. A flat-floor stand-up (1.82-meter, or 6-foot) cabin, excellent pressurization, and vacuum lavatories are other highlights of the jets, complementing their superior performance and low operating costs.
The new-generation Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion™ avionics system will provide extensive situational awareness with a highly intuitive interface. Honeywell’s HTF7500E state-of-the-art engines 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 cutting-edge fly-by-wire electronic flight controls that increase operating safety and passenger comfort, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The midlight 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 midsize Legacy 500 will carry up to twelve 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.; or from Moscow (Russia) to Mumbai (India).
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 June 30, 2010, Embraer had a workforce of 16,781 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 15.2 billion.
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