Embraer Going Full Throttle on Legacy 450, 500 Programs

 - May 13, 2009, 5:30 AM

Embraer announced this week at EBACE that its Legacy 450 and 500 midsize jet programs are proceeding on pace, having completed the joint definition phase that began in July last year. During this phase, Embraer engineers, in collaboration with suppliers, finalized the twinjets’ product definition and established methods for fulfilling certification requirements with the Brazilian civil aviation authority ANAC. Additionally, the man-machine interface advisory board validated the overall design of the two jets and the cockpit functionality that defined the symbology and synoptics of their Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck. “The Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 programs have passed a critical milestone, and we are engaging over 500 engineers and technicians as we begin the next phase,” said Embraer executive vice president of executive jets Luís Carlos Affonso, referring to the detail design and certification phase. Now that this phase has begun, Embraer is working with suppliers to detail the systems architecture and aircraft components before releasing drawings for the first metal cut and then production of the prototypes for ground and flight tests. Embraer’s test pilots are also validating the control laws for the Legacy 450/500’s fly-by-wire system via flight-simulation tools.