Embraer’s Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 business jets awarded speed records by NAA

Embraer was awarded certificates by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) for speed records set by its Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 business jets in a ceremony held yesterday during the National Business Aviation Association 2017 Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Phenom 300 is one of three Embraer business jets that broke speed records, and it is powered by a P&WC engine.
The Phenom 300 is one of three Embraer business jets that broke speed records in 2016 and 2017, and it is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engine. Embraer Photo
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The Phenom 300 light jet set new speed records on two flights over the Caribbean and the United States. The first flight was from Philipsburg, St. Maarten to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 1, 2016. The flight lasted 2 hours and 41 minutes, and it reached an average speed of 733.38 kilometres per hour, covering a distance of 1,969 kilometres.

The second flight was from Anchorage, Ala. to Van Nuys, Calif., on April 28, 2017. The flight lasted 4 hours and 42 minutes. According to the NAA, the aircraft reached an average speed of 795.96 kilometres per hour and covered a distance of 3,745 kilometres. The Phenom 300 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines with 3,360 pound force inch of thrust; each with a top speed of 838 kilometres per hour and a range of 3,650 kilometres with six occupants and NBAA IFR reserves.

The midsize cabin Legacy 450 set new speed records on three flights in the United States, and between Australia and Indonesia. The first flight was from Oakland, Calif. to Maui, Hawaii, on Dec. 5, 2016. It lasted 5 hours and 14 minutes, covering a distance of 3,907 kilometres–recording its longest flight to date. According to the NAA, the aircraft achieved an average speed of 724.06 kilometres per hour.

The second flight was the following day, from Maui to San Francisco, Calif., covering a distance of 3,829 kilometres. The flight lasted 4 hours and 27 minutes, with an average speed of 846.34 kilometres per hour.

The third flight was from Perth, Australia to Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 8, 2017. The flight lasted 4 hours and 36 minutes, covering a distance of 3,000 kilometres. According to the NAA, the aircraft achieved an average speed of 651 kilometres per hour, establishing the speed record for this course. The Legacy 450 is powered by two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines with 6,540 pound force inch of thrust; each with a top speed of 1,012 kilometres per  hour and a range of 5,371 kilometres with four passengers and NBAA IFR reserves.

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The Legacy 500 midsize jet set two new speed records over Europe. The first flight was between Bremen, Germany and Moscow, Russia on Sept. 7, 2016. It recorded an average speed of 775.3 kilometres per hour during a flight lasting 2 hours and 24 minutes, and it covered a distance of 1,867 kilometres.

The second flight occurred on Sept. 11, 2016, between Moscow and Paris, France. It lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes and covered a distance of 2,467 kilometres. According to the NAA, an average speed of 772.49 kilometres per hour was achieved. The Legacy 500 is powered by two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines with 7,036 pound force inch of thrust; each with a top speed of 1,012 kilometres per hour and a range of 5,787 kilometres with four passengers and NBAA IFR reserves.

The NAA and the Federation Aeronautique Internationale have confirmed each of these flights as a U.S. record and a world record, respectively. In all speed record flights, the aircraft completed the missions with NBAA IFR fuel reserves.

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