Embraer’s Legacy 500 gets certificated in Brazil

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Embraer displayed Legacy 500 PT-ZHY at EBACE 2014 (Photo: Alud Davies)

Embraer’s Legacy 500 business jet has been certificated by the Brazilian authorities.
Embraer displayed Legacy 500 PT-ZHY at EBACE 2014 (Photo: Alud Davies)

Embraer displayed Legacy 500 PT-ZHY at EBACE 2014 (Photo: Alud Davies).

The Legacy 500 has made a vital step forward in its efforts to enter service, with the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) granting the new twin-jet a type certificate.

Embraer made the announcement in São Paulo Brazil, during the opening day of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) 2014.

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The Brazilian airframer is now expecting the crucial FAA type certificate to be gained in the upcoming weeks, with European EASA certification following shortly afterwards.

Embraer Executive Jets placed a a ticker counting on its website counting down the number of days until the announcement , with text inviting visitors to “join us for this historic announcement.”

“We are thrilled with the achievement of the Legacy 500 certification, a revolutionary jet that delivers true innovation to our customers,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, president and CEO of Embraer. “I want to congratulate our teams for their passion and their dedication to bring to market this extraordinary aircraft.”

Deliveries of the new twin-jet are set to begin in September, with Embraer saying that they will deliver up to six aircraft before the end of the year.

Embraer first spoke about the Legacy 500 during NBAA 2007, where the company unveiled the original concept for the aircraft, then called the MSJ (mid-size jet) concept.

Following customer consultations and tweaking of the original design, the aircraft was officially launched as the Legacy 500 at the following year’s EBACE show in Europe.

The original timeline had called for certification of the aircraft in late 2013, however in November 2011 Embraer announced a one-year delay to the aircraft, citing a problem with a remote electronics unit tied to the three axis fly-by-wire system.

Embraer announced a further delay in April 2013, although this time the delay wasn’t attributed to anything specific.

With the first major hurdle for the Legacy 500 out of the way, Embraer will now work towards certification of the Legacy 500’s smaller sibling, the Legacy 450 private jet.

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