Embraer launches Legacy 650
Embraer presented the new Legacy 650 jet during a press conference at the NBAA convention in Orlando, Florida. The new business jet is already in flight test.
The Legacy 650 is based on thesuccessful platform of the super midsize Legacy 600 and will provide longer range for up to 14 passengers. The Legacy 650 development costs are already included in the Company’s research and development plan for 2009 and 2010 and, therefore, do not affect the guidelines previously provided by Embraer.
The Legacy 650 will fly up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km) nonstop with four passengers, or 3,800 nautical miles (7,038 km) with eight passengers, meaning approximately 500 nautical miles (926 km) farther than the Legacy 600. This significant increase in range was accomplished through extensive airframe modifications, such as reinforced wing and landing gear, larger fuel capacity, and new highly efficient and more powerful Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines. Honeywell’s new Primus EliteTM avionics suite will equip the Legacy 650 and future Legacy 600s. All of this is done while maintaining the same comfortable and functional interior of the Legacy 600, with its three distinct cabin zones and spacious galley, as well as the largest inflight accessible baggage compartment of any executive jet.
The successful first flight of the Legacy 650 took place on September 23, 2009, at Embraer’s flight test facility in Gavião Peixoto, in outstate São Paulo, Brazil. The second Legacy 650 first flew on September 24, 2009, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Both aircraft have begun their flight test campaigns, and certification is expected for the second half of 2010.