Singapore Air Show

Embraer upgrades Legacy 650

 - February 15, 2012, 5:15 PM

Embraer announced at the Singapore Airshow that it has made substantial interior improvements to the Legacy 600/650 family, which will be available for aircraft produced this year. “Key to this is our effort to reduce cabin sound levels, which set a new benchmark for the Legacy 600 and 650 class of aircraft,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards.

The new cabin features Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS), with full high-definition video, iPod and iPhone docking systems, plus a blu-ray player and 3-D moving map. There is also an 8.9-inch touchscreen CMS passenger control monitor in the galleys for master control of video, audio lighting temperature and individual touch-screen controls throughout the cabin.

The Brazilian manufacturer has improved the storage and added a new wireless handset Iridium phone system. Pilots will also notice improvements; the cockpit now offers improved avionics with Honeywell’s Primus Elite system.

Embraer said the Legacy 600/650 should be able to cope with next-generation air traffic control systems, since it now comes equipped with Vnav (vertical navigation) and RNP 0.3 (required navigation performance) for optimizing airspace use. The new Legacy 600/650 cockpit also features optional WAAS/LPV (wide area augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance) along with CPDC FANS 1/A (controller pilot data link communications for future air navigation systems), which enables satcom-based air traffic management communications for transoceanic flights.