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Embraer Praetor 500 business jet receives EASA and FAA certification

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 1, 2019
A supplied image of Praetor 500 PR-ZTQ. (Embraer)
A supplied image of Praetor 500 PR-ZTQ. (Embraer)

Embraer says its Praetor 500 business jet has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certification, announced by Embraer on September 30 (US time), follows the civil aviation authority of Brazil, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), granting the aircraft its type certificate in August.

Embraer Executive Jets chief executive Michael Amalfitano welcomed the now-triple certification of the Praetor 500.

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“The triple-certification by ANAC, EASA and FAA reaffirm the most disruptive and technologically advanced design of the Praetor 500 as the best midsize jet ever made,” Amalfitano said in a statement.

“Praetor 500 owners will now enjoy the ultimate customer experience in the midsize class, with the highest level of performance, technology and comfort.”

A supplied image of Praetor 500 PR-ZTQ. (Embraer)
A supplied image of Praetor 500 PR-ZTQ. (Embraer)

Embraer launched the Praetor 500, as well as the super-midsize business jet Praetor 600, in October 2018. The pair is an upgrade from the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500, respectively .

Powered by Honeywell HTF 7500E turbofan engines, the Praetor 500 is built to carry between seven and nine passengers up to 3,340nm, according to figures from the Embraer Executive Jets website. The aircraft has a high-speed cruise of 466KTAS and a takeoff stance of 4,222ft (1,287m).

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Further, the Praetor 500 features 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.

The interior of a Praetor 500. (Embraer)
The interior of a Praetor 500. (Embraer)
The flight deck of a Praetor 500. (Embraer)
The flight deck of a Praetor 500. (Embraer)

And options for the Praetor – the word is a Roman title given to an army commander or elected magistrate – included 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).

ANAC certified the Praetor 600 in April 2019.


VIDEO: A 2018 promotional video on the Praetor from the Embraer YouTube channel.

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