Posted on November 14th, 2018
The fly-by-wire, nine-passenger aircraft is targeted for certification by Brazil’s national civil aeronautics agency by mid-year, but Curado says in an interview with Flightglobal that it should be done before August.
“We are really days [or] weeks away from certification,” Curado says. “We do expect to have the certification within the next 30 days.”
Embraer intended to start delivering the first Legacy 500s about 18 months ago, but various issues slowed the development and flight test programme. The type achieved first flight in November 2012.
“We are really in the very final, last, final, final fine-tuning,” Curado says. “As far as the aircraft itself, [the] flight campaign has been closed for some time.”
The company was confident enough of the aircraft’s airworthiness to allow a group of reporters to fly aboard the jet in Brazil in early April.
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