Work is progressing on Embraer’s newest offering, the midsize Legacy 500, and the Brazilian airframer says it is on schedule to fly the $18.4 million twinjet by year-end.
Embraer Legacy 600
Ever since automaker CEOs went private jet-in-hand to Washington seeking bail-out bucks in 2008, business aircraft have become the political pinata of choice for certain members of the elected, who mistakenly see attacking executive contrails as surefire re-election rhetoric.
The first six months of the year proved disheartening for those who hoped for an uptick in aircraft deliveries. According to first-half numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), total industry billings were down 22.3 percent compared with the first half of last year, to $7.3 billion, from $9.4 billion, while total shipments were off 15.5 percent in that span.
Embraer joined the fuselage of the first Legacy 500 at its São José dos Campos, Brazil plant last month. The midsize jet’s fuselage is built in three sections–cockpit, center fuselage and aft fuselage–and is constructed of aluminum alloy, with “substantial” composite materials content, the company said.
Embraer announced this week that it has joined the fuselage of the first Legacy 500 at its São José dos Campos, Brazil plant. The midsize jet’s fuselage is built in three sections–cockpit, center fuselage and aft fuselage–and is constructed of aluminum alloy, with “substantial” composite materials content, the company said.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has picked Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management system to equip the newest additions to its line of executive jets–the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. In addition to controlling the system’s entertainment and productivity components, says Honeywell, Ovation Select puts lighting, seats, temperature, galley and window-shade controls at the passengers’ fingertips.
In an astonishing verdict, Brazilian federal judge Murilo Mendes on on May 19 found the air traffic controller most involved in the September 2006 Amazon midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600, Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos, innocent because he was "not qualified ...
Embraer delivered fewer aircraft in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, according to financial results released this morning. Executive jet deliveries in the first three months of this year totaled eight aircraft, 11 fewer than in the same period last year.
A Brazilian judge heard testimony last month, via video link, from the two American pilots of the Legacy 600 that was involved in a midair with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle in September 2006. The airliner crashed into the Amazon, killing all 154 aboard, while the Legacy pilots managed to land their damaged twinjet.
Embraer believes that business aviation is facing a slower recovery than it was last year, when it last issued its forecast for the executive aviation sector. Claudio Camelier, Embraer vice president for executive jet market intelligence, said that there are still concerns about how sustainable the economic recovery will be with forecast gross domestic product growth rates having dipped slightly this year.