Embraer Marks First Praetor 500 Conversion in Europe

 - December 18, 2020, 12:43 PM
Embraer has converted 11 Legacy 450s to Praetor 500s. (Photo: Embraer Executive Jets)

Embraer has completed the first European conversion of a Legacy 450 to a Praetor 500 for an undisclosed customer at its service center at Le Bourget International Airport in Paris. That makes a total of 11 conversions to the Praetor 500 at Embraer’s company-owned service centers in Le Bourget; Windsor Locks, Connecticut; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Sorocaba, Brazil.

“These conversions are only made possible by the expertise of structures and avionics specialists, mechanics, logistics teams, and engineers from Embraer operations around the globe,” said Embraer Service & Support president and CEO Johann Bordais. “Per Embraer’s strategy for the future, we are consistently investing in and expanding our portfolio, focused on offering our customers the industry’s best services and support.”

The conversion process entails replacing the level-sensing wiring in the fuel tanks, moving the over-wing gravity fuel ports, relocating the fuel measurement system, and reinforcing the wing ribs to hold additional weight. Also included were the installation of winglets; updates to the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck as well as E2VS, a head-up display that combines synthetic and enhanced vision; and new badging.