Business aviation's journey towards sustainability took another step forward as Embraer's newest super-midsize jet, the Praetor 600, crossed the Atlantic Ocean burning sustainable alternative fuel (SAJF). The aircraft arrived at TAG Farnborough Airport, England, from Teterboro, New Jersey, on Saturday and then on from there to Geneva for EBACE 2019.
The twinjet's premier transatlantic crossing—more than 3,000 miles—went off without a hitch after being fueled with 6,803 kg (15,000 lbs) of jet-A and 1361 kg (3,000 pounds) of SAJF. The aircraft paused at Farnborough as a demonstration aircraft for a business aviation biofuel event before joining its siblings at the EBACE static display a day later. The jet—along with the Praetor 500, Phenom 100EV, Phenom 300E, Legacy 650E and Lineage 1000E—is part of Embraer's static display this week at the show in Geneva (Static SD100).
The Praetor 600 has had a busy month since it received Brazilian ANAC approval in April, first demonstrating its distance capabilities during its first flight to the U.S. on May 8, arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from Brazil's São Paulo International Airport. The route spanned 6,812 km (3,678 nm) and required a detour around Venezuelan airspace. It flew over Colombia, the Caribbean, and into Miami’s distinct approach pattern, according to an Embraer spokesman. The super-midsize aircraft was still able to land with NBAA reserves and a six-passenger equivalence of payload of 544 kg (1,200 pounds), the spokesman added.
Embraer (Booth Z33) took the wraps off the aircraft in October at the NBAA convention. A variant of the Embraer Legacy 500, the Praetor 600 has a 7,441-km (4,018-nm) range and a 6,888-km (3,719-nm) range at Mach 0.80 (four passengers, NBAA IFR reserves), exceeding its original design goals, according to Embraer.