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27/05/2002

LEGACY PROGRAM UPDATE

EBACE 2002 will open on Tuesday, May 28th with the arrival of the business jet that’s changing the expectations of corporate aviation. The new Legacy by Embraer offers the market an unprecedented balance between capability and cost, luxury and common sense. The aircraft delivers the largest cabin in its class, superior payload/range capabilities, and ample speed and range – all for a price that is up to one third less than equally sized competitors. It is this unparalleled balance of strengths that has led the Legacy to be dubbed “the business jet for the new economy.

With the program well into first deliveries, the Legacy factory demonstrator – an executive configuration with 13 seats – will be on static display and available for cabin tours throughout EBACE. At the same time, a full contingent of Embraer Corporate Jets personnel will be on hand at stand 7457 in the Palexpo Hall, supporting customers and answering questions about the Legacy’s unprecedented balance of strengths. When EBACE comes to a close, the aircraft will embark on a ten-city tour throughout Europe, highlighting the size, speed, power and range of the new jet.

Performance, Cabin Volume, and Price

Priced at just over 20 million USD (January 2002 economic conditions for the Executive version) the Legacy delivers the largest cabin in its class, cruises at Mach .80 and offers a non-stop range that reaches 3,100 nm (5,741 km) with 10 passengers and NBAA IFR reserves. This range, bolstered by superior payload/range capabilities, enables customers to fly non-stop from London to Riyadh, New York to London or Singapore to Tokyo at a fraction of the cost of the competition.

Available in Executive and Shuttle configurations, each Legacy is delivered with a completed, customized interior. Whichever configuration is chosen, all Legacy family members deliver an abundant 39.9 m3 (1,410 ft3) cabin volume, providing ample room for work or relaxation.

In the Executive configuration (for up to 18 passengers) the height of the cabin reaches 1.83m (6ft) while the aft luggage compartment holds up to 6.8 m3 (240 ft3) of bags. This cabin is by far the largest in its category (60% larger than other super-midsize business jet) and the feeling of spaciousness is further enhanced by the natural light coming from the 26 windows and the state-of-the-art interior lighting system. Standard interiors feature executive leather seats, divan, credenza, tables for staff meetings, individual tables, galley, lavatory, wardrobe and storage cabinet, DVD players and 6.5” LCD monitors with further provision for high speed communications and in flight internet connections.

In the Shuttle configuration (16.1 million USD, January 2002 economic conditions), up to 19 passengers can travel in business class comfort. The cabin is versatile and can be easily tailored to meet specific needs that customers may require and retains the same cabin space and baggage volume as the Executive variant. The main interior differences are an additional wardrobe and a stowage cabinet, which are installed in the aircraft’s forward section, and the use of business class seats that provide shuttle passengers an exceptional level of comfort.

A Proven Platform

The Legacy is a super midsize twin-engine business jet based on the successful ERJ 135 regional jet platform. Modifications to the ERJ 135 platform include the addition of winglets and fuselage reinforcements, underbelly and cargo compartment fuel tanks, a modified fuel system, and higher-rated turbofan engines.

The Legacy Executive is powered by two ultra-quite Rolls-Royce AE 3007 AE1 high bypass turbofan engines. Each of these stage IV noise compliant environmentally-friendly engines are rated at 3,607 kg (7,953 lb) static thrust at sea level. The engines are controlled by dual redundant FADECs to optimize operation and reduce wear and fuel consumption and are fitted with built-in test equipment and a trend monitoring systems for easy fault identification and repair.

The airframe is of metal construction with several parts (flaps, ailerons, spoilers, wing-to-fuselage fairings) using composite materials. The heritage of the regional jet parent is perceivable with the easy maintenance of the engines, the airframe and the systems.

Standard avionics include Honeywell's Primus 1000 integrated avionics system. This state-of-the-art flight deck features five 8x7-inch flat color display driven by dual integrated computers and includes two PFDs, two MFDs and one EICAS system as standard. Also included in the avionics suite are Primus II radios, TCAS and EGPWS, plus dual FMS and GPS, dual Laseref IV Inertial Reference System, a weather radar with turbulence detection, SatCom and Cat II autopilot/flight director. The Legacy is RVSM compliant. Most of these systems incorporate diagnostic capabilities a feature that helps to reduce the time required for troubleshooting.

The power supply and energy for the Legacy are provided by two segregated and independent electrical and hydraulic systems. The aircraft is equipped with an Hamilton Sundstrand APU that generates power to energize systems and keep the passenger cabin cooled or heated when the aircraft is operated at airports with no ground support infrastructure.

Flight Test Program

The first Legacy (AC 363) took off from Sao José Dos Campos on March 31, 2001. This aircraft was preceded by a proof-of-concept airplane that was a modified ERJ 135. This “pre-prototype” Legacy flew for the first time during the last quarter of 2000.

Aircraft S/N 363 has been dedicated to aerodynamics and systems integration tests. It is also being used to perform certification tests for the new fuel system – specific to the Legacy – allowing for a longer range (3,100 nm) compared to the basic ERJ 135.

Since its first flight, this aircraft has been fitted with a prototype executive interior. This first Legacy has performed several demonstration tours and customer flights around the globe. The flight test program is taking place both at the company’s site of Sao José dos Campos and at the flight test center located in Embraer’s new industrial facility of Gavião Peixoto. Embraer’s new plant of Gavião Peixoto occupies an area of 6.56 sq. mi. (17 million square meters), of which about 0.2 sq. mi. (530,000 square meters) have been set-aside for Embraer’s partners. This plant will be later used as the production center for the Legacy.

Certification Status

The Legacy was certified by the Brazilian CTA in December 2001. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) certifications are expected to be granted before the end of the 2nd quarter of 2002. The current order book for the Legacy today stands at a total of 167 aircraft with 73 firm orders and 94 options. Three aircraft have been delivered to Brazilian customers to date.

Note to editors

Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 and EMBR4) is one of the world’s leading aerospace companies and is headquartered in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, with offices and customer service bases in Australia, China, France, Singapore and the United States, and a total workforce of 11,264 people in March 31, 2002. Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A.) has been Brazil’s largest exporter since 1999. In March 31, 2002, its backlog for firm orders amounts to US$ 10.3 billion and US$ 12.7 billion in options.

Embraer has 32 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft aimed for the world airline, corporate and defense markets.

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