Embraer Legacy 500 Gets FAA Papers at NBAA 2014

 - October 21, 2014, 6:00 PM
Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Túlio Pellegrini (l) proudly holds up the FAA type certificate for the company’s fly-by-wire Legacy 500 this afternoon at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., with FAA deputy associate administrator John Hickey at his side. The U.S. approval comes just two months after the super-midsize jet earned authorization from Brazil’s civil aviation authority. (Photo: Mariano Rosales/AIN)

FAA deputy associate administrator John Hickey handed Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Túlio Pellegrini the FAA type certificate for the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 this afternoon at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. approval comes just two months after the super-midsize jet earned authorization from Brazil’s civil aviation authority.

“Designing a transport-category-sized airplane and going through all the steps it takes to get certification is not an easy process,” said Hickey during the certificate presentation. “That’s why there aren’t a lot of companies in this business that can do this, and Embraer is one of the best companies in this business.”

“We are so proud and very delighted to have this momentum,” said Pellegrini, as he accepted the certificate. “I would like to thank the FAA for their cooperation in accepting our design as the best airplane in this segment.”

Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500 less than two weeks ago to an undisclosed Brazilian company at its São José dos Campos headquarters. Its U.S. demonstrator–Legacy 500 S/N 008–is on exhibit this week at the NBAA 2014 static display at Orlando Executive Airport, as its in-flight-test sibling Legacy 450. The manufacturer expects to deliver up to six Legacy 500s by year-end.