Largest of the super-midsize jets' gets FAA nod

 - May 6, 2008, 9:42 AM

The Embraer Legacy factory demonstrator is shown here over Florida’s intracoastal waterway on its way to Orlando, Fla., last month for display at the NBAA Convention. Derived from the Brazilian manufacturer’s ERJ-135 regional airliner, the $20.4 million Legacy business jet received its full type certification from the FAA on August 23, clearing the way for unfettered U.S. deliveries to begin this quarter. The airplane received Brazilian certification last December and JAA approval in July. In the meantime, Swift Aviation of Phoenix, the launch customer for the Legacy, has been operating its Part 91 aircraft in the U.S. with Brazilian pilots under special waivers since Brazilian certification was received last year. Embraer currently has firm orders for 71 Legacys, with options for an additional 93. Aircraft have already been delivered to customers in Latin America and Europe. Besides its VIP interior with seating for up to 13, the Legacy has additional fuel tanks and winglets for an NBAA IFR range of 3,100 nm with 10 passengers. Maximum speed is Mach 0.80, and cabin volume (1,410 cu ft) is unprecedented in its price and performance class. A shuttle version is available with business-class seating for 19, without the extended-range fuel tanks or winglets.