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.
Embraer Legacy 600
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.
The Brazilian criminal court case against the two U.S. pilots–Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino–and four air traffic controllers involved in a fatal midair between an ExcelAire Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 above the Amazon jungle in September 2006 has stalled while a judge decides whether the case will be heard in a military court or a federal criminal court.
Indigo originally launched its “regular and frequent” business aircraft service between Chicago Midway Airport and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey with a Falcon 20 in February 2000. On March 3 the company relaunched the service with its first 16-passenger Embraer Legacy Shuttle.
Last year Embraer delivered 121 regional jets and 10 Legacy business jets (including two for military service). These figures were slightly lower than projected, the Brazilian manufacturer reported, because of the postponement of the deliveries of three business jets and delayed delivery of two regional jets. Despite the slow economy, Embraer forecasts it will deliver 148 aircraft this year and 155 next year.
No one said it would be easy, but Embraer seems to have hit its stride after struggling early on to meet development and certification targets for its new four-airplane series of commercial jets.
Brazilian authorities have continually blamed ExcelAire pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino for a midair between their Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon Jungle, alleging that the crew didn’t follow an approved flight plan and had somehow disengaged the Legacy’s transponder. The U.S.