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Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Speed Records, Gulfstream G500 First Flight, Aviation Groups and ATC Reform, Jet Builders and More

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

As lawmakers consider a major change to the current structure of the FAA as both a safety regulator and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), representatives of commercial airlines and business aviation operators are divided on how to move forward. In a hearing before the Senate commerce committee on Tuesday, May 19, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) strongly opposed the creation of a private entity responsible for Air Traffic Control (ATC) while Airlines for America (A4A) Chairman and United Airlines President and CEO Jeff Smisek expressed support for the change.

Senate Hearing ATC Reform

Smisek believes the FAA should retain its current role as a safety regulator, providing certification of airplanes and ensuring safety of air transportation operations. However, A4A — with the exception of member carrier Delta Airlines, which does not support a private ANSP — is asking lawmakers to consider separating the ATC operations and safety regulation functions of the FAA and to create a new user-fee funded non-profit corporation with an independent, multi-stakeholder board of governance free from political influence over decision-making.

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Business jet buyers are a fickle lot. Most airlines expect a new commercial aircraft to provide reliable service for at least 12 years before a replacement is even considered. But the average owner of a corporate aircraft starts looking for an upgrade in about half that time.

It is no coincidence that business jet manufacturers seem in unison to be entering a new phase in the product development cycle. A five-year wave of launches appears to have crested, with the industry now focused on programme execution.

The EBACE convention in Geneva highlights the shift. For the first time in five years, no veils were lifted on new aircraft projects (discounting Airbus’s launch of the ACJ320neo). More glaringly, a normally reliable stream of rumoured imminent launches ran dry.

Instead, the manufacturers seem to be focused entirely on, well, manufacturing, as they attempt to make good on the promises of the last five years.

The static display outside the Palexpo centre emphasised the change in focus. There were three types – the Cessna Citation Latitude, Embraer Legacy 450 and the HondaJet – making show debuts ahead of scheduled certification milestones later this year. They should be followed in 2016 by another wave of pre-certification arrivals, and again the following year.

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FlightAware is continuing to expand the capabilities of its global flight tracking and flight data technology, launching a new network for tracking non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft at the 2015 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. Beyond the new product launch though, the Texas-based flight tracking company is also looking to expand its flight tracking service to more remote areas of the world to provide airlines and operators with all of the possible surveillance data available that can help prevent the loss of an aircraft position.

FlightAware Targets Remote Markets to Expand Global Flight Tracking

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The Embraer Legacy 500 was getting high marks in the business aviation trade press even before the jet was delivered to the first customer late last year. Nearly all of the attention seemed to be on passenger accommodations, such as the six-foot flat-floor cabin and the aircraft’s 12 oversize windows—so much so that the Legacy 500, with its $20 million base price, routinely was compared to super-midsize models costing much more.

Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Records

Going forward, look for the spotlight to shine more on performance. The Embraer also makes the Legacy 650 500, which is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines—the greenest in their class—recently set four new world speed records for midsize jets.

Embraer Legacy 500

The first two were set for speed over a recognized course on a round-trip flight from Oakland, Ca., to Lihue, Hawaii, a distance of 2,135 nm, with six passengers on board. The flight lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes, achieving an average ground speed of 420 mph. The return flight took 4 hours and 11 minutes at an average ground seed of 586 mph.

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Gulfstream Aerospace ’s new G500 business jet—a clean-sheet design that’s been in development since 2008—has taken to the skies for the first time.

Gulfstream G500 Completes First Flight

During the 2-hour, 16-minute flight on May 18, the crew exercised all primary flight control systems, evaluating handling qualities in takeoff and landing configurations, performed a simulated approach and go-around, and checked all systems using the Symmetry flight deck touchscreen controllers.

After taking off from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, adjacent to Gulfstream headquarters and its sprawling production and test facilities, the aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft. and achieved a top air speed of 194 kts. It is the first of two jets to begin flight tests, and is part of Gulfstream’s new family of large-cabin, long-range aircraft that also includes the clean-sheet G600.

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Beechcraft Avionics, Gulfstream G650ER and G280 at Paris Airshow, Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet, Embraer Legacy 500

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

News about Beechcraft Avionics, Gulfstream G650ER and G280 at Paris Airshow, Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet, Embraer Legacy 500

Beechcraft, Rockwell Collins Talk Avionics Upgrade

Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics flight deck is making its way onto the factory line for Beechcraft’s King Air turboprop aircraft. The two companies announced at the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) last week that the avionics suite will soon be offered as standard equipment on board the business jets, with touchscreen Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and an array of improvements to enhance operations and ease strain on King Air pilots.

Pro Line Fusion King Air flight deck display

 

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Gulfstream at Paris Air Show

The Gulfstream G650ER and G280 will be on display at the 2015 Paris Air Show, June 15 through 21.

Gulfstream G650ER

Gulfstream G280

 

BusinessAviationVoice: Embraer Lands Charter-Related Sales

While airlines specialize in selling transportation by the seat, a growing number of commercial carriers around the world are discovering that selling charter flights can be a lucrative means of generating additional revenue—and provide business jet manufacturers with an ancillary market.

Embraer Executive Jets is one of the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that are taking advantage of airlines’ desire to expand or enter the charter business.

Middle East Airlines—Airliban (MEA) recently placed an order for one midsize Legacy 500 and an option for a second aircraft of the same model.

Embraer Legacy 500 for charter

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Aerion Opens Order Book For Supersonic Jet

Aerion Corporation’s board of directors has authorized the sale of the AS2 aircraft at a price of $120 million in 2015 dollars. The initial 50 launch customers will receive preferential pricing and other benefits available only for this first tranche of orders. “This is another step forward for Aerion,” noted Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. “We are offering a select group of forward thinking business aviation users the opportunity to fly faster and to make history with us as we reintroduce commercial supersonic flight.”

AS2-AERIAL supersonic business jet

Aerion AS2 supersonic business jet Cabin

AS2 Supersonic business jet engines

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Embraer Delivers Phenom 300, Bombardier Challenger 300 and 350 Certified in Colombia

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Embraer Executive Jets delivered the first Phenom 300 to Luxaviation

Embraer Executive Jets delivered the first Phenom 300 to Luxaviation S.A. which is part of Luxaviation Group, the second largest business aviation group in the world based in Luxembourg (Europe).

Embraer Phenom 300 delivered to Luxaviation

Luxaviation Group has been rapidly expanding its business worldwide through acquisitions bringing valuable benefits to customers. With a broader range of aircraft types, the collaboration between the Group’s companies enhances best practices in all operational areas. Luxaviation Group today operates a combined fleet of more than 250 business aircraft, including 18 Embraer business jets.


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Bombardier Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 Aircraft Receive Certification from Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority

Bombardier announced that it has received type certification for its Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft from the Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aviación Civil (UAEAC) of Colombia, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.

“Our Challenger aircraft portfolio is gaining strong momentum in Latin America,” said Stéphane Leroy, Regional Vice President, Sales, Latin America, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Colombia being a growing market in the region, we are naturally proud of this certification milestone that will allow operators throughout the region to experience our Challenger aircraft and will allow us to generate further interest for these innovative and proven business jets.”

This new aircraft certification will strengthen the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft’s position as leaders in the growing fleet of super midsize business jets operating in the region. With increased performance, definitive reliability and unmatched value, the Challenger 300 and Challenger 350 aircraft have a strong future. Latin America remains a key driver to future growth in the business jet market; in fact, Bombardier’s Market Forecast predicts that the region is expected to receive 850 unit deliveries by 2024. With more than 1,900 aircraft in the region, Bombardier is currently the market share leader.

Challenger 300 aircraft: The dependable Challenger 300 jet offers true transcontinental range and superior long-range cruise speed, with eight-to-10 passengers. Its 3,065-NM (5,646-km) range connects Toronto and Bogotá non-stop, and its superior airfield performance allows the aircraft to operate out of 5,000-ft. (1,524-m) runways with ease*. The Challenger 300 jet has exceeded customer expectations since its entry-into-service in 2004.

Bombardier Challenger 300 in flight

Challenger 350 aircraft:  Built upon the legendary segment-defining Challenger 300 aircraft, the dependable Challenger 350 jet not only features the very latest in avionics, but also offers the segment’s most advanced cabin that maximizes natural light and redefines the man-machine interface, all the while maintaining the performance attributes that have become synonymous with the Challenger family. This jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats full, tanks full, 3,200 NM (5,926 km) range that connects Bogotá with Montevideo non-stop*.

Bombardier Challenger 350 over mountains

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BusinessAviationVoice: FlexJet Expanding Its Horizons

With all of the private jet transportation companies operating today and the array of services they offer—taxi and air charter, leasing, fractional ownership, jet cards—you might think new market opportunities are scarce. That may be true in the U.S. but not so much for the rest of the world.

“There are some 700 aircraft of all types chasing the charter market in the U.S. but just 125 to 150 serving international clients,” according to Daniel Jennings, president of The Private Jet Company, a Palm Beach, Fla.-based firm that specializes in the purchase and sale of mid-size and large business jets. “Africa, China, Russia, the Middle East—these are all large and growing markets, and they’re all underserved.”

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IAI ponders designs for new light business jet

Israel Aerospace Industries is evaluating a number of designs for its light business jet and plans to present the shortlisted concepts to potential funding partners by the end of the year.

The company is keeping details of the programme under wraps for the time being.

IAI chairman Rafi Maor recently revealed that a light jet “is still being evaluated by the company and [its design] is based on a revolutionary approach”.

While IAI’s previous involvement with business aircraft start-ups has been unsuccessful, the company has been manufacturing two types of business jets, the midsize G150 and super-midsize G280, marketed by Gulfstream.

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Global 7000 and 8000 Program Under Review, Embraer BizJet Deliveries Up, Business Jet Market Uptick

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Bombardier Global 7000/8000 Program Under Review

It’s customary for new leadership teams to conduct broad product-portfolio reviews, and while they rarely result in wholesale changes to major programs, they sometimes lead to surprising outcomes that observers may not have anticipated.

Bombardier Global 8000 long range business jet

In the case of Bombardier Inc., where the board of directors in recent months installed a new president and CEO and also approved the appointment of a new president of the Business Aircraft unit, at least one defining program is under review: the Global 7000/8000, two ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets designed to compete against the likes of the Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 and G650ER.

Bombardier Global

For the time being, work obviously is well advanced and proceeding. The first Global 7000 flight test vehicle is taking shape in final assembly, with major structural parts joined—including the rear, center and forward fuselages, main landing gear and the wing, according to a Bombardier official.

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Embraer Business Jet Business Picks Up in Second Quarter

Embraer has seen a pickup in business jet deliveries in the second quarter of 2015 and has recorded a record backlog of more than $22.9 billion. During second quarter, the company delivered 27 jets to the commercial aviation market and 33 jets to the business aviation market, for a total of 60 aircraft, compared to 58 aircraft delivered the same period last year. The company announced $2.6 billion in firm orders at the Paris Air Show…

Embraer business jets

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Nextant hands over first 400XTi to PlaneSense

Nextant Aerospace has delivered the first 400XTi to US fractional ownership company PlaneSense, bringing total deliveries of its remanufactured and re-engined Beechjet/Hawker 400A/XP business jet – introduced in 2011 – to nearly 60.

Nextant 400XTi

PlaneSense will incorporate the light twin in to its fleet before the end of the month. This is the first aircraft from an order for up to five 400XTis, placed by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based company in March. The second unit is scheduled for delivery later this year.

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Business Jet Market to See Steady Uptick

A new report from Research and Markets finds the global business jet market to be worth an estimated $21.5 billion as of 2014 and is projected to grow at 2.8 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) through 2033. The demand for business jets continues to recover steadily since the 2008 economic downturn with aircraft delivery numbers in 2014 registering a 6.5 percent year-on-year growth rate.

The growth is driven by economic recovery, a surge in demand for heavy jets and introduction of a number of new aircraft programs by the industry Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) incorporating cutting edge technologies and innovations translating into enhanced performance capabilities, safety features and optimized operating economics.

The delivery numbers continue to be dominated by Bombardier in volume terms and led by Gulfstream in value terms respectively with the duo collectively holding over 70 percent market share based on revenues in 2014 with continued, robust demand growth in the heavy and medium jets segments.

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Gulfstream G500, Europe Bizav Still Sluggish, Aircraft Acquisition Planning, Embraer 3Q Aircraft Deilveries

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G500 Surpasses 100 Flight Hours

Ground Testing, Avionics Checks Have Begun On Second And Third Test Articles

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that the G500 has achieved several flight-test milestones, including surpassing more than 100 hours of flight. The accomplishments come just 12 months after Gulfstream announced the all-new G500 and G600 aircraft programs in an Oct. 14, 2014, ceremony at its Savannah headquarters.

Gulfstream G500

As of Oct. 13, 2015, the G500 flight test aircraft had successfully completed more than 45 missions. The longest of those was 5 hours and 22 minutes for a total aircraft flight time of more than 100 hours. In the five months since the aircraft’s first flight, it has reached an altitude of 38,500 feet/11,735 meters and a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.80.

Gulfstream G500 display at NBAA 2014

“It’s just really exciting to see how well this aircraft is performing,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “This plane has been flying exactly as expected, which highlights our commitment to quality and our attention to detail. It also reflects the investments we’ve made in labs to support the flight-test program. The team recently flew three missions in one day, with hot refueling between flights, for a total flight time of nearly seven hours. Our test pilots have said the aircraft’s handling qualities are exceptional.”

Gulfstream G500

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European BizAv Activity Remains Sluggish

Periodic updates of what’s happening in European business aviation always serves as a good reality check to confirm—or balance—the promotional claims of the industry’s original equipment manufacturers (OEM) looking to grow their business outside the United States, which dominates the global market.

Overall flight activity in September was slightly higher than in August, but it was 4% lower compared with the same period a year ago due primarily to softness in Western Europe, according to WINGX, a market research firm based in Hamburg, Germany. For example, the U.K. year-over-year was down 8%. Secondary markets took a big hit, with Russia down 20% in September compared with the year-ago period, and Turkey was off 11%.

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Aircraft Acquisition Planning and Financing

One of the ultimate attractions of business aviation is the ability to take to the skies on a schedule that fits your company’s needs – be it through charter, fractional ownership, aircraft leasing or an outright business aircraft purchase.

If outright ownership isn’t right for your company’s needs, charter, fractional ownership and, to a lesser degree, aircraft leasing provide scalable options to achieve the benefits of business aircraft use, even if you’re flying only 50 hours a year.

Each form of business aviation usage offers certain advantages, based on the user’s needs and average total flying hours. What follows is a brief overview of some of the more popular options.

CHARTER AND FRACTIONAL

Air charter is often the easiest way to begin using a business aircraft. Typically it’s best for those flying around 50 hours or less per year. The cost of ownership is focused totally on usage. There are no upfront capital costs or maintenance fees. You simply pay for travel time, which makes charter ideal for those who only fly occasionally. Users can fly round-trip, one-way or from one point to another. The main drawbacks to charter are that access and aircraft availability can be limited during high-demand periods, and the tax benefits of aircraft ownership are not available.

Once you reach the 50- to 100-hour per year flying threshold, fractional ownership can start to be a more attractive option. You actually purchase a “share” of an aircraft, which often provides improved aircraft availability and certain tax benefits. However, the upfront costs are higher, since there is a capital expense in purchasing an ownership share of a business aircraft. You also pay a monthly fee for administrative and maintenance costs, plus a per-hour fee for usage. Fractional shares usually are sold for a fixed period of time – usually three to five years. Depending on the contract provisions, ownership shares can then be sold back to the provider at current market value.

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Embraer Delivers 21 Commercial and 30 Executive Jets in 3Q15

During the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) delivered 21 jets to the commercial aviation market and 30 to the business aviation market, for a total of 51 aircraft. The number is 50% higher than in the same period last year, when 34 aircraft were delivered – 19 commercial and 15 executive jets.

Embraer Legacy 650 at DAL

In 3Q15, Embraer delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize jet to a customer in Mexico.

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Gulfstream G280 Performance Boost, Citation Latitude Europe Tour, Legacy 450 Certified

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Gulfstream G280 Gets Performance Boost Through Software Upgrade

Update Improves Landing Distance, Enhances Flight Management System and Enables Synthetic Vision

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced that an avionics software upgrade resulting in improved aircraft performance is now available for the Gulfstream G280.

Gulfstream G280

The new PlaneView280TM software, offered in conjunction with supplier Rockwell Collins, results in slower approach speeds, shorter landing distances, and enhanced flight management system performance.

“The G280 was already a top-performing aircraft in its class,” said Dan Nale, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “With this upgrade, the aircraft’s performance is even better. Our customers will appreciate the increased functionality and utility, the operational improvements, the enhanced display layout and the improved situational awareness.”

The upgrade reduces G280 approach speeds by up to 9 knots. The landing distance with the new software is 2,380 feet/725 meters, a decrease of 270 ft/82 m.

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Cessna Citation Latitude begins European tour

Cessna has begun a three-week European demonstration tour of its new Citation Latitude with the annual Business and General Aviation day (BGAD), held on 15 September at London Biggin Hill airport – the first stop on its multi-city itinerary.

The $16.3 million, midsize business jet is the newest aircraft in Cessna’s 16-strong product line. It secured FAA certification in June, following a three-and-a-half year development effort, and entered service with a US owner in August.

Cessna Citation Latitude begins Europe tour

The Textron Aviation subsidiary now anticipates European validation for the nine-seat aircraft in the fourth quarter. “We are eager to get the Latitude approved in Europe so we can begin deliveries to our customers here,” says Textron Aviation’s vice-president of sales for Europe, Tom Perry.

Europe is one of the largest markets for the Citation business jet family with an inventory of around 830 aircraft…

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Embraer Executive Jets Legacy 450 Gains EASA Certification

Embraer Executive Jets Legacy 450 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The aircraft has met or surpassed all design goals, exceeding targets such as range, runway performance, hot-and-high takeoff distance and maximum payload. The conclusion of the process in Europe follows the recent certification granted by the Brazil and U.S. aviation agencies.

“This is a great achievement that paves the way for deliveries to begin in the member states of the European Union as well as in EASA-associated countries,” said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, President & CEO of Embraer Executive Jets. “The Legacy 450 is a revolutionary business jet that re-enforces our commitment to deliver true innovation to the market.”

Embraer Legacy 450 EASA certified

With a range of up to 2,575 nautical miles (4,769 km), the mid-light Legacy 450 can fly nonstop from New York to Las Vegas, Dubai to Moscow and Jakarta to Hong Kong. The aircraft has the largest cabin in its class, comfortable seating for up to 9 passengers, and is the first jet in its category to replace conventional controls with full digital fly-by-wire technology.

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Business Aviation Up In Q2, HondaJet Certification, Aerion Latin America Sales, Gulfstream G500, Legacy 450

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Business Aviation Flight Hours Up In Second Quarter

Business aviation is operating at 83% of the sector’s peak levels of 2008, according to Jet Support Services, Inc., which tracks business aircraft flight hours. Flight hours in the second quarter grew 2.9% from a year ago. Q1 2008 marked the decade’s highest activity rate, JSSI said. In the second quarter of this year, monthly usage totaled 27.75 hr. per aircraft, down from the 2008 peak of 33…
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HondaJet Debuts as Certification Wait Continues

​Honda Aircraft continued a four-month-long “world tour” in Sao Paulo with the HondaJet making its debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) on 11 August. But the long wait for the type to receive airworthiness approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues, with no clear timeline offered from North Carolina-based manufacturer.

Hondajet at NBAA 2014

The FAA granted the HondaJet a “provisional” type certificate in March, a step often implying that full airworthiness approval usually demanded by customers before accepting delivery is either weeks or a few months away.

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Aerion Taps Equus to Sell Supersonic Business Jet in Latin America

Aerion Corp., which is currently developing the Mach 1.5 AS2 supersonic business jet in conjunction with Airbus, has appointed Equus Global Aviation as its exclusive authorized sales representative for Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Aerion AS2 supersonic

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Gulfstream G500 resumes flight testing following modifications

Flight testing has resumed on Gulfstream’s G500 after a break of “several weeks” to prepare the large-cabin, long range business jet for flutter tests, the company announced on 10 August at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).
Gulfstream G500 display at NBAA

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Type Approval of Legacy 450 Completes Embraer Strategy

​Brazil’s civil aeronautics authority (ANAC) on 11 August announced the approval of the type certificate for the Legacy 450, ushering into service the seventh and last jet of a market-bending, 15-year-long Embraer quest to become a powerhouse in the business aviation market.
Embraer Legacy 450 model display

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