Embraer Executive Jets has appointed maintenance and refurb center Comlux Aviation Services as the first independent Lineage 1000 authorized service center in North America. Comlux is also an approved service center for the Legacy 600/650. Comlux Aviation Services will support Embraer Executive Jets’ large executive jet fleet by providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics, structural repairs and interior refurbishments at its Indianapolis facility.
Embraer’s Legacy 600/650 program reached a significant milestone with the delivery of the 200th Legacy business jet, in this case a Legacy 650 that was handed over to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing last week at Embraer’s headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil. This aircraft, one of the 13 Legacy 650s that Minsheng ordered last October, will be used by an undisclosed Chinese customer. Minsheng also has an outstanding order for three Embraer Lineage 1000 bizliners.
Visitors to the Africa Aerospace & Defence show (AAD 2012), held in September at South Africa’s Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria, might have been excused for thinking that they had arrived at a business aviation convention. While the exhibition halls groaned under the weight of armored vehicles, the outside static aircraft display was dominated by an impressive array of corporate and private jets.
Embraer brought a newly completed example of its Lineage 1000 bizliner to Moscow’s Jet Expo show in a bid to build on the success it has already had in Russia with the super-midsize Legacy 600/650. Ernest Edwards, president of the Brazilian manufacturer’s Executive Jets division, declined to say whether the company has yet achieved any Lineage sales in Russia, but he insisted that the airplane is set to do well in a market that has favored larger aircraft. “There is no other aircraft in this segment that can carry 19 passengers and sells for $54 million,” he told AIN.
London Oxford Airport-based aircraft management and engineering company Hangar8 has enhanced the support capabilities at its Oxford, UK, MRO facility to cover a broader range of business aircraft. Within a year of acquiring EASA 145 approval, the company now provides Camo-Part M and line support for all Hawkers, the Dassault Falcon 2000, Citation 525 series and Embraer Phenom 100.
“We remain positive about continuing growth of the Brazilian economy, as well as that of all Latin America,” said Embraer vice president of sales for Latin America Breno Corrêa, discussing the debut of the company’s Lineage 1000 this week.
The Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) continues to grow, and next week’s show, to be held from August 15 to 17 in São Paulo, Brazil, will be the biggest and best yet, according to the sponsoring Aviação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag).
Embraer recently added hot-and-high approval to an expanding list of operational capabilities of its Lineage 1000.
The high-altitude takeoff and landing operation tests were completed in February with approvals granted in March by both Brazil’s ANAC and the FAA. The certification allows operation at airports as hot and high as La Paz, Bolivia, where the elevation is 13,357 feet msl and the temperature in January, during summer in the southern hemisphere, can top 110-degrees F. The new performance capability will be offered as an option, initially to Brazilian and U.S. operators.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft cabin section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large size of the business jet. For certification, the manufacturer’s engineers demonstrated that a water overflow would not affect critical equipment. In addition, designers had to find space for the water tank, heater and redundant pumps. This required the bulkhead to be moved forward, prompting the need for a new cabin layout. In the shower, the passenger can either stand or sit down and use a showerhead or the “rain sky” ceiling.
Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 bizliner to a Chinese customer (identity undisclosed) on December 22. “The first Lineage 1000 delivered to the Greater China Region…is an important milestone for the company’s presence in this market,” said Embraer China president Guan Dongyuan. The bizliner has a range of 4,500 nm, allowing it to fly nonstop from Beijing to Dubai or from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia, with four passengers and NBAA IFR fuel reserves.