Update on Legacy 500 programme


Embraer are building three prototypes for the test programme

announced at the NBAA, that the Legacy 500 continues to achieve milestones and
that there are three prototypes currently in production.

The wing and fuselage of the
first prototype have been mated. In addition, systems installation in the first
prototype is underway. Assembly and installation of the vertical and horizontal
stabilizers, cabin door, rudder and elevator assemblies are being concluded.
The Honeywell HTF7500E engines and tail cone for this aircraft have been
delivered to Embraer’s assembly facility.

“By using Embraer’s strategic multi-site, worldwide industrial programme for the Legacy 500, we were able to manufacture and join the fuselage sextions of the second prototype within weeks after the first aircraft’s fuselage was mated” says Maurício Almeida, vice president,
Programs – Embraer Executive Jets. “The second prototype will be used during the development and ground/flight testing phases, which will benefit from Embraer’s proven experience with its ither executive and commercial models.” The second prototype’s wing
trailing edge and other structural components and systems are also being
assembled. The first structural segments of the third prototype are being
finished, and the fuselage is expected to be joined by the end of this year.

Testing systems are
operational, including the fly-by-wire Iron Bird that has performed more than
1,400 hours of tests. The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion has been selected
for the aircraft.

The Legacy 500 can
accommodate up to 12 passengers in a 6-foot stand-up cabin with a flat floor.
Premium seats will be equipped with leg rest, head rest flexible wings,
electrically actuated lumbar support, and massage and heating systems, which
are unique in its category. Each club seat pairing will be able to convert into
a flat bed.

Currently, more than 800
Embraer engineers support the certification discussions with ANAC (Brazil), FAA (USA)
and EASA (Europe). A minor modification has
been made in the program’s schedule, with the first flight of the Legacy 500
postponed for three to six months. The schedule revision is mainly due to some
additional work on the fly-by-wire system, and the Company is working closely with
the supplier on this issue. In order to begin deliveries only a month or two
later than the original plan, the intention is to accelerate the test programme.

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