Embraer Launches Legacy 650 Large-cabin Bizjet

Brazilian airframer Embraer hasn't let the down economy slow its developments plan. The company surprised NBAA convention attendees by announcing a new product, the Legacy 650 large-cabin business jet priced at $29.5 million. The Legacy 650 combines the fuselage of the smaller EMB-135 regional airliner with the wings of the larger EMB-145, resulting in more fuel capacity and more range. The Legacy 650 will also use the EMB-145's Rolls-Royce AE3007A2 turbofan engines for greater efficiency. Compared with the Legacy 600, the 650 will go 500 miles farther - 3,900 nautical miles. It will also include Honeywell's Primus Elite avionics. Embraer announced it has two Legacy 650s flying in its test program at São José dos Campos, Brazil. It will be certified based on the type certificate of the 600, streamlining the certification process. Embraer expects certification by the middle of next year with deliveries to begin in the second half.