Embraer begins Legacy 450 fabrication
Embraer Executive Jets has
began the fabrication of its newest executive jet, the Legacy 450. The
milestone was achieved last week..
“Even as we have been making progress on the Legacy 500, we have been
anticipating this event for the Legacy 450,” said Ernest Edwards, president,
Embraer Executive Jets. “The first metal cut for the Legacy 450 is a landmark
event for the program and is the latest step in bringing this, the second of
our revolutionary jets to reality.”
A component of the forward fuselage, the part was milled from a block of
aluminum alloy by a five-axis, high-performance machining centre. Fully
automated, the milling process drew data directly from a digital mockup of the
2,300-nm-range Legacy 450. Once completed, the part was approved by a quality
control process that employed the use of laser devices for design validation
with the digital mockup.
The Legacy 450 is designed with the latest engineering software, CATIA V5, with
production planning for the business aircraft simulated by digital virtual
For both the Legacy 450 and mid-size Legacy 500, Embraer has completed more
than 8,000 systems test hours with 2,500 hours logged on the Iron Bird since
Embraer have also been making progress with the Legacy 500 programme, serial
number 001 is continuing the completion of its pre-flight testing programme
having completed taxi tests, ground vibration tests as well as the fuel system
The aircraft is still on course for its first flight in 2012.
The first prototype was rolled out in January while the second prototype, s/n
002, rolled out in May. Serial number 003 is in final assembly with the
wing-to-fuselage mating completed in June.