Embraer says it has received the type certificate for its Praetor 600 business jet from Brazil’s civil aviation authority ahead of schedule.
Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has certified the Praetor 600 super midsize aircraft, Embraer said in a statement on April 18.
“Our engineering and program teams have outperformed again by passionately designing, developing and certifying the class-leading Praetor 600 business jet, exceeding specifications and expectations, and ahead of schedule,” outgoing Embraer chief executive Paulo César Souza e Silva said.
“This advanced aircraft reflects not only our journey of innovation, it is also a preview of the future of this great company.”
Embraer launched the Praetor 500 and sister-ship Praetor 600 in October 2018, just prior to the United States National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), held at Orlando, Florida.
The two new business jets, named after the Roman title given to an army commander or elected magistrate, are based on its existing Legacy lineup.
The Praetor 500 is in the mid-sized business jet category currently served with the Legacy 450, while the Praetor 600 is a super-midsize aircraft that is based on the Legacy 500.
Compared with the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600, respectively, feature new winglets, increased fuel capacity and new Honeywell HTF 7500E turbofan engines.
Also, they have been designed with full fly-by-wire technology, a Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion flight deck that included vertical weather display, air-traffic-control-like situational awareness with ADSB-IN, and predictive wind shear radar capability.
Further, Praetor will also offer options that include the 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).
The cabin offering has also been enhanced with a new “premium style Bossa Nova interior”.
The Praetor 600 has a a maximum range of 3,900nm, a maximum Mach operation of 0.83 Mach and engines that offer 7,528lb of thrust.
Embraer said the Praetor 600 would be able to fly nonstop between London and New York, given its range of 4,018nm when in long-range cruise with for four passengers. Otherwise, its range was 3,719nm at Mach 0.8 with four passengers, according to the Embraer website.
The aircraft, which had a maximum operating altitude of 45,000ft, The 27ft 6in cabin can seat up 12 passengers.
“The Praetor 600 will fascinate our customers with the highest performance, technology and comfort in its class and raise the customer experience to an unprecedented level,” said Embraer Executive Jets chief executive Michael Amalfitano.
Meanwhile, the Praetor 500 was due to be certified in the third quarter of calendar 2019, Embraer has said previously.
The Praetor 500 has been designed with a maximum range of 3,250nm and a maximum Mach operation of 0.83 Mach, with the HTF 7500E engines capable of delivering 6,540lb of thrust. The 24ft cabin can carry between seven and nine passengers, according to the Embraer website.
This enabled nonstop flights between Beijing and Singapore, or Bangkok-Dubai. The aircraft was also capable of flying one-stop from the United States west coast to Europe.
Embraer Executive Jets vice president for sales for the Middle East and Asia Pacific Claudio Camelier told Australian Aviation in February there had been a good response to the launch of its Praetor business jets.
“The market feedback has been quite positive, not only in the Australian market but in every world region,” Camelier said.
VIDEO: A 2018 promotional video on the Praetor from the Embraer YouTube channel.