Embraer Legacy 650 high-altitude landing and takeoff operations (Halto) have been certified by Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, the São Paulo, Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer announced at LABACE 2012. This approval allows the Legacy 650 to operate at airports located up to 13,800 feet msl around the world, including those in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, China, India, Nepal and the U.S. EASA and FAA certifications of Halto are pending.
Embraer Legacy 600
Honeywell (Stand 463) has introduced an upgraded version of the Saber combustor for its HTF7000 series engine, which powers the Bombardier Challenger 300, Embraer Legacy 450/500 and Gulfstream G280. The Saber had already reduced harmful emissions by 25 percent, and the U.S. company claims that the Saber2 will further reduce harmful emissions while also increasing performance.
Embraer Executive Jets (Stand 7041) is gradually moving its “center of gravity” from São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, to Melbourne, Florida, where it is building a new research and development center to join its existing facilities at Melbourne International Airport.
Evolution may a debatable process in theological terms, but Brazilian business jet manufacturer Embraer embraces it wholeheartedly as part of cabin technology and amenities, said Mariana Santos, Embraer Executive Jets head of product strategy for the Legacy 600/650 programs.
Embraer’s quest for a complete business jet portfolio took a major step forward in March with the start of taxi tests of Legacy 500 serial number 001 at the Brazilian OEM’s São Jose dos Campos plant.
The Embraer Legacy 500 development program has recently achieved “several significant milestones” as the fly-by-wire midsize business jet gears up for its first flight in the third quarter, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said today. Milestones include taxi runs and the beginning of ground vibration tests on the first Legacy prototype, as well as developments in the second and third prototypes. Concurrently, the joint definition phase has started for its smaller sibling, the Legacy 450.
Embraer’s business aircraft deliveries declined to 99 last year from 144 in 2010, according to the Brazilian OEM’s fiscal-year 2011 and fourth-quarter 2011 results, released recently. Embraer Executive Jets’ share of total company revenue dropped to 19 percent last year from 23 percent in 2010. The company delivered 50 business jets (more than half the annual total) in last year’s fourth quarter, 11 fewer than for the same period in 2010.
Since the Falcon 2000’s introduction in 1996, Dassault has debuted several variants that built on its winning formula of combining a good-sized cabin, attractive fuel economy and range, plus pleasant flying qualities and strong resale value.
The Embraer Legacy 650 recently received type certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India, paving the way for Legacy 650 customers to register and operate the aircraft in India. The 2012 version of the Legacy 650, which made its debut last week at India Aviation 2012 in Hyderabad, features refinements to the interior and cabin management system, including a new high-definition in-flight entertainment system–complete with media input and iPod and iPhone docking systems. It also has an avionics upgrade to the Honeywell Primus Elite suite.
A discussion at the NBAA’s International Operators Conference last week raised the issue of the 2006 midair collision between a Boeing 737 and an Embraer Legacy over the Brazilian jungle.