Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
Embraer Legacy 450
The next new aircraft development program for Embraer comprises the Legacy 450 and 500, and as initial parts begin manufacture, Embraer is testing manufacturing processes, including quality and maturity tests to assess aircraft equipment under vibration and high-altitude conditions. These tests are conducted in advanced testing chambers at the company’s facilities and at supplier locations.
Embraer said production of the Legacy 500’s first parts has begun at suppliers’ facilities. The nose and main landing-gear forgings arrived at Heroux-Devtek in Canada and are now machined. Meggitt performed the first forgings for the wheels and brakes, while Sonaca began the first trials for stretching the rear fuselage panels at its facilities in Gosselies, Belgium.
In a progress report issued yesterday for the Legacy 450 and 500 programs, Embraer said production of the Legacy 500’s first parts has begun at suppliers’ facilities. The nose and main landing-gear forgings arrived at Heroux-Devtek in Canada and were machined in the fall.
Rockwell Collins has started flight trials of the synthetic-vision portion of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system in a company-owned Challenger 601, adding one of the last–and most highly anticipated–features to the new avionics system.
Looking ahead to an economic recovery, and to fulfilling its stated intention to become a major player in the business aviation industry, Embraer provided one of
the surprises at the NBAA Convention last month by introducing a new business jet–the large-cabin Legacy 650.
Embraer provided one of the major surprises at the NBAA convention yesterday by introducing a new business jet: the large-cabin Legacy 650.
According to Luis Carlos Affonso, executive vice president, Embraer Executive Jets, development of the 650 began last year and even as the bottom dropped out of the market in late 2008, the Brazilian OEM chose to view the crisis as “an opportunity” and to continue “with no hesitation at all.”
Despite the recession, a significant number of new aircraft programs remain largely on track. OEMs such as Cessna, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, and Gulfstream all appear to be staying close to their development schedules, while Hawker Beechcraft has pushed back the Premier II until 2012 (from 2010). Newcomers Honda and Spectrum appear to have suffered some minor slippage, sending the earliest deliveries of those aircraft into 2011.
Several years ago, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer announced its intent to become “a major player” in the business aviation industry. With certification of the Phenom 100 compact very light jet last year and the pending certification of the larger Phenom 300 small-cabin light jet before the end of this year, the company is moving closer to that industry role.
Rockwell Collins plans to start flight trials early next week of the software load that will add a synthetic-vision presentation to the Pro Line Fusion avionics system in the company’s Challenger 601. Testing begun earlier this year aboard the Challenger and a Bombardier Global Express XRS centered on evaluations of the Fusion cockpit displays, integrated cursor controls, radio tuning functions, flight management systems and autopilot.