Embraer Legacy 650 To Debut This Week at Labace
The Embraer Legacy 650 will make its public debut at the seventh Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace), which starts on Thursday and ends Saturday at Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil. "We are satisfied with the Legacy 650 debuting at such an important business aviation event," said Embraer Executive Jets executive vice president Luís Carlos Affonso. The Legacy 650, which was launched last October at the NBAA Convention, is a longer-range (3,900 nm) successor to the ERJ-135-based Legacy 600. It also has new Honeywell Primus Elite avionics and more powerful Rolls-Royce AE3007-A2 engines. The 500-nm range increase was accomplished through airframe modifications–such as reinforced wings and landing gear, aft ventral tank and new central wet wing–and upgrading to the more efficient engines. Two Legacy 650s are taking part in the flight-test campaign, and engineering and flight testing of the extended-range modifications are now completed, a spokeswoman told AIN. Embraer said integration of the new Honeywell Primus Elite avionics is also moving quickly and "progressing according to plan." The Legacy 650 is scheduled to enter service during the second half of this year. Embraer plans to have the Legacy 650 on display at the NBAA Convention in October, and it could also make a visit to MEBA in Dubai this November.