LABACE Convention News

Legacy 500 Debuts As Part Of Loaded LABACE Display

 - August 13, 2013, 8:30 PM
Alongside its debut-making Legacy 500 jet, Embraer’s Phenom 300 and Lineage 1000 were among the early arrivals on the LABACE 2013 static display, with the Phenom 1000 and Legacy 650 still to come. (Photo: David McIntosh)

At this tenth annual LABACE show, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for one example of every airplane it has in production–the Lineage 1000, Legacy 650, Phenom 300 and Phenom 100–along with the third Legacy 500 in the certification program. The Legacy 500 is making its public debut in Brazil this week.

The Brazilian manufacturer has come a long way from 2008 when it had just six of its business jets in service in the country. Today, there are 120 based in Brazil and 145 in service throughout Latin America, with the manufacturer claiming a 38-percent market share in the region.

Yesterday here in São Paulo, Embraer presented its updated market forecast for Latin America. It also briefed reporters on the latest developments with its various programs, with the following highlights:

Among the most significant updates are those to the Phenom 100, the smallest of Embraer’s executive fleet. They include, as standard, the addition of multifunction spoilers and 11 new interior “collections” that offer new carpet, leathers, fabrics and veneers. New options include a 150-kilogram (330 pound) increase in maximum zero fuel (mzfw), as well as a refreshment center, additional storage space and premium seats.

The refreshment center is offered as a replacement for the standard forward wardrobe, or as a partial storage area atop the existing cabinet in the lavatory. In its latter form, it may be particularly attractive to owners who prefer a fifth seat where the forward wardrobe would be located.

Embraer Executive Jets senior v-p of operations and COO Marco Túlio focused on the Phenom 300 upgrades and emphasized, “It is a lot more than just a stretched Phenom 100.”

The light jet offers single-point refueling and an externally serviced lavatory; protected wing leading edge, horizontal empennage and engine lip skin; as well as multifunction probe and air data calculations done at the probe. The latter feature, said Túlio, is technology found on only four other airplanes: Embraer’s Lineage 1000, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 (still in development and testing) and Dassault’s Falcon 7X. He also took direct aim at competitor Cessna’s Citation CJ4, claiming that the Phenom 300 has a 17-percent advantage in operational costs.

In 2012, Embraer delivered the first Phenom 300 with the new two-seat side-facing divan. The divan features a smaller center section that raises to create an armrest. In it are cup-holders and under it is storage. Additional storage is under the forward divan seat.

Embraer also offers a refreshment center in place of the wardrobe. “It is already an option for new configurations,” said Túlio. The galley includes storage for glasses, beverages, hot-jug, a 12-liter (3.27-gallon) ice drawer and a trash disposal. And it serves as storage for the in-flight entertainment central controls.

The cockpit of the Phenom 300 also features new elements, specifically, the Prodigy Touch cockpit based on the Garmin 3000 with the same enhancements and features as the original Prodigy flight deck. It has received FAA and ANAC approval and European certification is expected in the near future.

Also new with the Phenom 300 are optional increases in mtow and mzfw to 181 kilograms (400 pounds) and 90 kilograms (200 pounds), respectively.

Embraer is exhibiting one of the flight-test aircraft from its Legacy 500 program, and provided updates on the Legacy 450 program.

Both aircraft have fly-by-wire control systems and, with the design goal for 95-percent commonality, both include such features as: belted toilet certified for takeoff and landing (option); externally serviced lavatory; vanity with sink and hot and cold water; in-flight access to internal baggage compartment; club seating that will convert to full flat sleeping surfaces (the 450 sleeps two and the 500, four).

Both the Legacy 500 and 450 will have a maximum speed of Mach 0.83, but the 500 will have a longer cabin with 3,000-nm range, while the 450 will have a 2,300-nm range.

They will also share the Honeywell Ovation Select, Ethernet-based cabin management system (CMS) with full high-definition video and media output.

The Legacy 500 is expected to enter service in 2014, and it is anticipated that the Legacy 450 will enter service one year later. The first flight of the Legacy 450 is expected in the second half of 2013.

The Legacy 650 is the follow-on to the original Legacy 600 with a lot of new goodies, including Primus Elite cockpit avionics from Honeywell, certified by the FAA, EASA and ANAC Brazilian authorities.

More recently, there is a new, level-D, full-flight simulator available for training 650 pilots in St. Louis, Missouri. It also is approved by the FAA, EASA and ANAC. The airplane has also been approved by the three agencies for hot-and-high operations at airfields up to 13,800 feet altitude, which includes La Paz, Bolivia; and Shangri-La, China.

The full integration of Apple devices via the cabin CMS is now available. Apple TV allows passengers to use the cabin entertainment system to view photos, play music and watch video originating from any i-device or computer running iTunes. Apple TV can also stream content from several computers or iTunes libraries.

The Lineage 1000, Embraer’s “ultra-large cabin” twinjet is derived from the company’s E190 regional jet with additional fuel tanks to extend the range to 4,400 nm in its executive guise. The manufacturer claims its five-zone Lineage 1000 cabin offers literally “hundreds of cabin layout possibilities.” There are 700 fabric choices and 400 choices in leathers alone.

The aircraft is the largest allowed access to the New York-area Teterboro Airport, as well as to Aspen, Colorado. It has also been recently certified by Russian aviation authorities.