The whole idea of a business trip is to do some business, and that’s exactly what Embraer’s Legacy business jet did last month, when it first touched down on U.S. soil and rolled up to the NBAA static display on December 11.
Embraer Legacy 600
Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, Fla., was recently named an authorized service center by Embraer for its new Legacy, a 10- to 19- passenger business jet/corporate shuttle version of the ERJ-135 regional jet. Brazilian certification of the Legacy is expected this month (see related story at right).
Jet Aviation’s facilities at Biggin Hill in the UK and Dusseldorf, Germany, were named by Embraer as authorized service centers for the Legacy, the new corporate jet from the Brazilian manufacturer based on the ERJ-135 regional airliner. Embraer started deliveries of the Legacy in the second quarter of last year and the first deliveries to Europe were scheduled for last month.
Alpha Omega Jet Services, launched in late 2000 as an aircraft management and consulting firm, went into the completion and refurb business last month with the acquisition of Aircraft Components Manufacturing. Both companies reside at Sulphur Springs (Texas) Municipal Airport. As a subcontractor, ACM had done the cabinetry work for four Boeing Business Jets finished by the former Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems.
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.
Rolls-Royce received FAA certification of the AE3007A-1E turbofan, the powerplant for the Embraer ERJ-145XR. The XR, which is scheduled to enter service later this year, features a 2,000-nm range, or an increase of about 450 nm over the standard ERJ-145. The -1E provides 8,110 lb of thrust, some 686 lb more than the -1 on the standard ERJ-145.
After a long wait, Embraer’s Legacy business jet received European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) certification on July 5. FAA approval, expected some time ago but delayed by the events of September 11, was expected during the following few weeks, according to the company, but had yet to surface at press time.
Midway through its 14-city U.S. tour in mid-June, the Embraer Legacy business jet mockup is opening a lot of eyes. “I had no idea the cabin was this big,” is the comment heard over and over, according to U.S. sales manager Mike Gearhart. He added that the road team is hosting an average of 100 to 150 visitors at each stop.
Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino–the two U.S. pilots of an ExcelAire Legacy 600 that collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Brazil’s Amazon jungle in September 2006, killing all 154 aboard the airliner–will now be allowed to testify in a criminal trial from the U.S.
Brazil’s Embraer staged perhaps its most anticipated achievement since the introduction of the 50-seat ERJ-145 when on February 19 the 70-seat Embraer 170 made its first flight over São José dos Campos. The first non-derivative commercial jet ever built by Embraer, prototype number 0001 flew for 2 hr 30 min. Embraer officials acknowledged that a two-month ground-testing delay will force it to reassess its certification schedule.