The Embraer Legacy 500 received type certification from Brazil’s civil aviation agency, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), this afternoon during a ceremony at LABACE 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil. The company expects to obtain FAA approval for its clean-sheet, fly-by-wire midsize business jet “in the upcoming weeks” and from EASA “thereafter.”
Certification follows more than 1,800 flight hours logged by four flight-test Legacy 500s and more than 20,000 hours of ground-rig tests of the twinjet’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics, electrical, hydraulic and environmental systems. Production of the Legacy 500 has already begun and the first delivery is scheduled for next month. Embraer will deliver up to six Legacy 500s this year, and the production rate will ramp up next year.
“We are pleased to confirm that all Legacy 500 design goals have been achieved or exceeded,” noted Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Marco Túlio Pellegrini. Better than originally expected include the certified range of 3,125 nm, up from the 3,000-nm design goal; high-speed cruise of 466 knots, up from 460 knots; 4,084-foot takeoff distance, down from 4,600 feet; and 2,122-foot landing distance, down from 2,400 feet.