Brazil Embraer’s Very Light Jet Is Star of US Jet Show

    Brazil’s aircraft manufacturer Embraer is displaying the interior design of its recently launched Very Light Jet and Light Jet aircraft at the world’s biggest business jet trade show.

    The unveiling on November 9 takes place on the opening day of the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Orlando, Florida, and the mock-ups will be displayed throughout the show at Booth 5559.

    Embraer selected BMW Group DesignworksUSA to design the interior and cockpit of its new business aircraft.

    "Having in mind our operators and owners’ needs and demands, Embraer envisioned a spacious aircraft interior with unparalleled comfort and refined details," said Maurí­cio Botelho, Embraer President and CEO, who is hosting the unveiling at NBAA.

    "We are proud to present our exclusive interior design concept, where the flight deck is harmoniously integrated with the cabin."

    According to Embraer, the final design solution creates a feeling of serenity upon entering Embraer’s VLJ and LJ aircraft through a simple and elegant first impression.

    During the development phase, the company says, the cross-section of the new jets was enlarged to offer more legroom and personal space. The industry is seeing and sensing all that for the first time at NBAA.

    The spacious cabin, relaxing seats and light ambience provided by the largest windows in this class enhance the feeling of comfort. Other amenities will include a private aft lavatory, refreshment center, and entertainment and communications functions at the passenger’s fingertips.

    Very Light and Light

    Always according to Embraer, the Very Light Jet (VLJ) and Light Jet (LJ) are best-in-class. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for these jets.

    Both aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unseen in their categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by the size of the generous windows and the most ample cabin in their class. Onboard conveniences include a refreshment center, a private lavatory and satellite entertainment and communications.

    The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the two new aircraft will enable single-pilot operation. Drawing from the Legacy’s design heritage, the VLJ and LJ will be built for high utilization and high reliability, features particularly suitable for the air taxi market worldwide.

    Embraer’s VLJ will carry up to eight occupants and will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW617F engines, with 1,615 pounds of thrust each. Its range will be 1,160 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with four persons onboard and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70. The airplane is designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters).

    The VLJ is expected to enter service in mid-2008 and will be priced at US$ 2.75 million based on 2005 economic conditions.

    The LJ will be powered by P&WC’s PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each. Comfortably accommodating up to nine occupants, its range will be 1,800 nautical miles (NBAA IFR reserves with 100 nm alternate) with six persons onboard, and it will have a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78.

    The airplane is also designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,700 meters).

    The LJ is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and be priced at US$ 6.65 million based on 2005 economic conditions.

    Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. – www.embraer.com.br

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