Geneva, Switzerland, May 13, 2012
– With Ground Vibration Tests successfully completed, on the prototype #1, the Embraer Legacy 500 is moving toward its first flight in the third quarter and the beginning of its flight-test campaign. The Legacy 500 is scheduled to enter service between fourth quarter 2013 and first quarter 2014.
“We are progressing nicely toward our first flight,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets.
“What we have seen to date provides us with great confidence in the Legacy 500 program as a game-changing executive aircraft.”
Embraer expects to rollout Prototype #2 this month followed by the Honeywell HTF-7500E engine run and start of ground tests. The Prototype #3 fuselage has been completed and work is progressing toward its next milestone which is final assembly.
Configured with 10 seating positions, Prototype #3 will test interior materials and systems including the galley and Honeywell’s Ovation®Select™ inflight entertainment system. Prototype #3 will be equipped with the same interior layout as that displayed on the Legacy 500 mockup at the 12th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).
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About the Legacy 500
Benefiting from its “clean-sheet” design, Embraer has redefined the aircraft category with the introduction of full fly-by-wire technology to the mid-light and mid-size categories for the first time. The technology not only affords greater performance, weight savings and reduced
workload but also increases safety. Embraer has incorporated the state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion Avionics. The Legacy 500 is the only aircraft in its class with full, six-foot, stand-up cabin with flat floor and pressurization. The pressurization is maintained at 6,000 feet while cruising at 45,000 feet.
The interior, designed in partnership with the BMW Group DesignworksUSA, has already garnered several international design. The Legacy 500 is the only aircraft in the class to offer a wet galley.
The Legacy 500 will carry up to 12 passengers and 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 Geneva to Dubai, New York to Los Angeles or from Moscow to Mumbai.
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Note to Editors
Embraer 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 U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On March 31, 2012, Embraer had a workforce of 17,629 employees – not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled USD 14.7 billion.
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