Several years ago, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer announced its intent to become “a major player” in the business aviation industry. With certification of the Phenom 100 compact very light jet last year and the pending certification of the larger Phenom 300 small-cabin light jet before the end of this year, the company is moving closer to that industry role.
Embraer Legacy 450
Rockwell Collins plans to start flight trials early next week of the software load that will add a synthetic-vision presentation to the Pro Line Fusion avionics system in the company’s Challenger 601. Testing begun earlier this year aboard the Challenger and a Bombardier Global Express XRS centered on evaluations of the Fusion cockpit displays, integrated cursor controls, radio tuning functions, flight management systems and autopilot.
Despite the recession, a significant number of new aircraft programs remain largely on track. OEMs such as Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer and Gulfstream all appear to be staying close to their development schedules while Hawker Beechcraft has pushed back the Premier II until 2012 (from 2010). Newcomers Honda and Spectrum appear to have suffered some minor slippage, sending the earliest deliveries of those aircraft into 2011.
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system took to the air aboard a customer airplane for the first time last month, completing a five-hour initial test flight in a Bombardier Global Express XRS that originated at the business jet maker’s Downsview test center in Toronto on August 3.
An anemic market for business jets and the recent loss of a major customer will have no effect on the flight-test schedule or certification of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, according to manufacturer Rockwell Collins.
An anemic market for business jets and the recent loss of a major customer will have no effect on the flight test schedule or certification of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, according to manufacturer Rockwell Collins.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 at October’s NBAA Convention added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system. Four OEMs have selected the Fusion cockpit to fly aboard seven business jet models spanning the Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, Cessna Citation Columbus, Learjet 85, Embraer Legacy 450 and 500 and, now, the G250.
At last year’s NBAA Convention, Embraer tested the water, so to speak, for two new aircraft it described as a midsize jet and a “mid-light” jet and began accepting “letters of interest,” along with $90,000 and $70,000 refundable deposits, respectively. But it stopped short of an official program launch.
Embraer’s Legacy is an impressive corporate version of the company’s venerable ERJ-135/145, some 700 of which are currently the workhorses of many regional airlines around the globe.
Embraer took advantage of the EBACE stage to officially introduce the latest additions to its line of business jets–the Legacy 450 and 500, formerly referred to as the mid-light jet (MLJ) and midsize jet (MSJ), respectively.