Embraer Praetor 600 completes flight tests
Embraer completed certification flight tests of its new 3,900-nm super midsize Praetor 600 model as it remains on track for approval and it is going to deliver in mid-year. The 3,250-nm midsize Praetor 500 sibling is expected to follow this year. The company is now turning to a flight maturity campaign as it preps the models for market entry. The certification flight test campaign had accrued 339 flight hours and 472 flight cycles, with the maturity campaign so far collecting another 32.2 flight hours and 14 flight cycles.
The $21 million Praetor 600 launched in October 2018 along with the smaller Praetor 500, which has logged 30h of flight testing in 18 sorties. Certification and service entry of the $17 million midsize aircraft are due in the third quarter. Improving on the capabilities of the Legacy 500, the Praetor 600 gains new winglets and two extra belly fuel tanks, while more powerful Honeywell HTF7500E engine thrust increased by 500lb (2.2kN), taking the range to 3,900nm (7,200km). Both models will share an assembly line with the Legacy duo in Sao Jose dos Campos, and at Embraer's US business aviation manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Florida.
The Praetors are the only midsize and super-midsize business jets with full fly-by-wire technology and active turbulence reduction, with the latter designed to give customers "the smoothest possible ride", says Embraer.
From class-leading cabin comfort, including best-in-class cabin altitude to more destinations with best-in-class range and enviable performance in challenging airports, the Praetor 600 expands the journey and delivers the utmost value.
Paying attention to detail and superior craftsmanship are the elegantly conceived 6-foot-tall flat-floor cabin. Whether working or dining, the cabin’s fold-flat tables offer plenty of space, and with the most generous baggage volume in its segment – including a practical, in-flight accessible baggage compartment – owner will have everything he needs aboard this unique aircraft.
A Praetor 600 will cost from $19,995,000