Legacy 500 mockup at LABACE


Embraer will also display Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 650 executive jets

Embraer will participate in the eighth Latin American
Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) from 11 – 13 August at Congonhas Airport,
in São Paulo, Brazil. The Company will show the Legacy
500 mockup with a near-production interior, along with three other executive
jets, a Phenom 100, a Phenom 300 and a Legacy 650

“LABACE offers a
significant opportunity to bring the rapidly growing Latin American market up
to speed on our executive jets and their award winning design and
technologies,” said Breno Corrêa, vice president, Marketing
and Sales, Latin America – Embraer Executive
Jets. “We are especially proud to show
the mockup of our brand-new, clean-sheet midsize Legacy 500, which will feature
full fly-by-wire technology, 5,560 kilometers (3,000 nautical miles) of range and Mach 0.82 cruise
speed. We are also pleased to exhibit our entry level Phenom 100, which was the
best-selling executive jet in 2010, and the Phenom 300 and Legacy 650.”

Several significant milestones have recently been
achieved by the Legacy 500 program, keeping the schedule on track. In June, the
last major piece of the fuselage arrived at the Embraer facilities in São José
dos Campos, Brazil, enabling the completion of
the centre fuselage. Production engineers also successfully installed the aft
pressure bulkhead, accomplishing this task in one-third of the time originally
allotted. The next major step was to join the three fuselage sections: cockpit,
centre fuselage and aft fuselage, which was achieved in mid-July. This is an important step towards the
flight test program which is expected to begin this year.

With the joining of the fuselage of the first Legacy
500 completed, work is well underway on the next phases of the assembly
process. Engineers have begun installing harnesses and wiring for the
aircraft’s components and systems. At the end of July, the fuselage was moved to
the final assembly hangar where it is being prepared to receive the wing

Certification is expected in 2012.

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