Embraer celebrated the European and Brazilian certification of its Legacy 650 business jet at the National Business Aviation Association convention in Atlanta on Wednesday and the company says the FAA nod is imminent. The company is showing a 13-seat version of the aircraft at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport and Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer's Executive Vice President for business jets, told AVweb the certification came right on time. "We announced the Legacy 650 at last year's NBAA and we said that deliveries would begin in the second half of 2010," he noted. First deliveries will occur within weeks.
The 650 is a derivative of the popular Legacy 600, which was Embraer's first foray into business jets. The 600 is itself a derivative of the Embraer regional jet. The 650's major selling point is additional range. It has a beefed-up wing and landing gear, allowing higher landing and takeoff weights to accommodate fuel to give it a 3,900-nm range with four passengers. It goes 3,840 nm with eight pax aboard. The 650 also has a Honeywell Primus avionics package with LCD screens in a spacious cockpit.