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Embraer has announced that the company’s new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet was granted its type certificate by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Brazil’s Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) awarded the new aircraft its type certificate on April 18 of this year.
The announcement was made during the company’s press conference at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Now certified by the key aviation safety agencies of the world, the Praetor 600 has proven to be the most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize business jet to enter the market, paving the way to begin deliveries now in the second quarter,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “Just over six months since its launch and debut, the Praetor 600 has already been outperforming its certification goals, raising expectations of the ideal super-midsize. Once again, I want to thank and congratulate the entire Embraer family for bringing to market such a revolutionary aircraft, designed to create a new value experience for customers and shareholders alike.”
The Praetor 600 was announced and debuted at NBAA-BACE in October 2018, and became the only super-midsize business jet to be certified since 2014.
The Praetor 600 began its journey to EBACE at São Paulo International Airport in Brazil on May 8, arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a six-passenger equivalent payload of 1,200 pounds (544 kilograms). This was the aircraft’s longest flight to date, covering 3,904 nautical miles (7,230 kilometres) over an air distance of 3,678 nm (6,812 km), having faced up to 43 knots of headwinds and descended into Miami’s distinct air space pattern.
On May 16, the Praetor 600 departed the U.S. to Europe fuelled by sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to join the Embraer portfolio fleet at “Fueling the Future,” a business aviation biofuel event held at Farnborough Airport on May 18. The Praetor 600 arrived in Farnborough, having departed from Teterboro Airport in the U.S. The first transatlantic flight of the Praetor 600 covered about 3,000 nm with about 15,000 lbs of fuel, of which 3,000 lbs was SAJF.
The “Fueling the Future” event marked the first anniversary of the launch of the Business Aviation Coalition for SAJF at EBACE 2018, and the 10th anniversary of the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, announced in 2009. The event gathered business aviation and civic leaders to discuss the path forward for the continued adoption of SAJF in business aviation, in order to fulfil the coalition’s goal of reducing emissions through investments and innovation.
The Praetor 600 surpassed all its main design goals and is capable of flying beyond 4,000 nm in long-range cruise speed or beyond 3,700 nm at Mach .80 from runways shorter than 4,500 feet, complemented by an outstanding payload capability.
The Praetor 600 is now the farthest-flying super-midsize jet, able to make nonstop flights between London and New York, São Paulo and Miami, Dubai and London. With four passengers and NBAA IFR reserves, the Praetor 600 has an intercontinental range of 4,018 nm (7,441 km). Take-off field length for such a mission is only 4,436 ft (1,352 metres). At M0.80, range is 3,719 nm (6,887 km) with four passengers and NBBA IFR Reserves.
The Praetor 600 is the first super-midsize jet with full fly-by-wire technology, which powers the active turbulence reduction that not only makes every flight the smoothest but also the most efficient possible.
Advanced technology throughout the cabin is also a trait of the Embraer DNA Design, beginning with the industry-exclusive Upper Tech Panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features also available on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select. High-capacity, ultra high-speed connectivity for all aboard is available through Viasat’s Ka-band, with speeds of up to 16Mbps and unlimited streaming, another industry-exclusive in super-midsize jets.
The Praetor 600 features Collins Aerospace’s newest edition of the acclaimed Pro Line Fusion flight deck. Capabilities such as the industry-first vertical weather display, air-traffic-control-like situational awareness with ADSB-IN, predictive wind shear radar capability, as well as Embraer Enhanced Vision System (E2VS) with a Head-up Display (HUD) and an Enhanced Video System (EVS), an Inertial Reference System (IRS) and a Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS) are some of the highlights on the Praetor 600 flight deck.
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