Embraer Executive Jets' Legacy 500 Nearing First Flight

As the first prototype of Legacy 500 midsize jet completes preparation for its first flight, expected in a matter of weeks, Embraer Executive Jets continues work to ensure the program will be mature when the aircraft enters service in 2014. Meanwhile, the second and third Legacy 500 prototypes continue ground testing.

“This is an exciting time for the program and we are moving forward as planned with confidence,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets. “While we focus on the first flight and the certification program, we are already preparing for entry into service. We want to make sure customers have a smooth experience, and for that reason we have begun a maturity campaign, preparing for all eventualities.”

In May, Prototype #2 underwent power-on testing and is now in ground testing. Prototype #3, powered up in August, has completed lightning tests and is now undergoing High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) tests.

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“The Legacy 500 will have all product support in place worldwide before entry into service,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Vice President, Customer Support and Services, Embraer Executive Jets. “This is part of our effort to offer high level support to our customers. One of our goals is to have Embraer-Owned and Authorized Service Centers prepared to receive the Legacy 500 on its first day.”

Embraer Executive Jets has begun signing letters of intent for authorized service centers around the world, ensuring facilities will be prepared to service the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 when they enter service. Seventeen facilities have already been selected.

In addition, during the maturity campaign each of the three prototypes will have all maintenance reports uploaded into the Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis (AHEAD) system which collects maintenance data for more efficient, thorough and easier maintenance planning. The computational, web-based maintenance platform is designed to ensure maximum readiness by limiting down time. AHEAD accelerates fault identification, allowing maintenance technicians to plan troubleshooting responses while the aircraft is still in flight.

Source: Embraer - Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (NYSE: ERJ)
Date: Oct 30, 2012