The third Embraer Legacy 500 joined the flight-test fleet on Friday, after making its initial flight from the company’s São José dos Campos, Brazil facility. “With the first two prototypes already well into the flight-test program, the first flight of the third Legacy 500 is a major milestone for the program,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards. “The four-aircraft test program is designed to ensure all systems and features on the Legacy 500 reach maturity before entering service.
Embraer/FMA CBA 123 Vector
Brazil’s Embraer will decide on the platform for a new aircraft program by the end of this year, company executive vice president Mauro Kern told AIN today. Kern’s revelation came just days after the company announced the establishment of a new division called New Programs–Airline Market to explore potential markets and options for a successor to its line of 70- to 110-seat airliners.