Embraer is at the show with five aircraft–a record number for the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence here at the Singapore Airshow. On the static display are the E190 narrowbody airliner (in the 100-seat category), the Lineage 1000 large-cabin business jet (derived from the E190) and the Legacy 650 super-midsize business jet, as well as the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jets (four and six seats, respectively).
The Legacy 500 is being exhibited in the form of a mock-up. The midsize aircraft is powered by a pair of 6,540-pound-thrust Honeywell HTF500E turbofans.
On the eve of the show the company announced that the real aircraft, in development at Embraer’s São Jose dos Campos headquarters, had its first engine run last month. According to Embraer, engine tests are essential to proper evaluation of all dependent systems, including bleed air, electric systems, air conditioning, hydraulics and engine control (Fadec) logic. It also is assessing engine-avionics integration.
The Model 500’s first flight is to planned for the third quarter. Before that, engines will have reached full thrust and system integration will have to be confirmed. Embraer will then start low-speed taxi tests.