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Em­braer un­veils a pair of new busi­ness jets, and Ae­rion makes progress on the su­per­sonic AS2 biz­jet.

De­vel­op­ing and build­ing a busi­ness jet with­out the pub­lic find­ing out is no small feat. Brazil­ian air­plane maker Em­braer dou­bled up at NBAA’s Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion and Expo in Or­lando, Florida, this fall and in­tro­duced not one but two biz­jets that will soon be added to the com­pany’s prod­uct line: the Prae­tor 500 and 600.

The su­per-mid­size Prae­tor 600 will be ca­pa­ble of fly­ing non­stop be­tween Lon­don and New York, while the mid­size Prae­tor 500’s range will be slightly shorter, ac­cord­ing to Em­braer. More pre­cisely, the Prae­tor 600’s range with four pas­sen­gers stands at 3,900 nm, and the Prae­tor 500’s at 3,250 nm.

Like Em­braer’s mid­size Legacy 450 and 500, the Prae­tors will use flyby-wire tech­nol­ogy, with side­sticks, for air­craft con­trol. The flight deck will be man­aged through Rock­well Collins’ Pro Line Fu­sion sys­tem, which will in­clude ADS-B, ver­ti­cal weather dis­play and pre­dic­tive wind shear radar ca­pa­bil­ity. The Prae­tor cock­pits will also of­fer op­tions such as the Em­braer en­hanced vi­sion sys­tem (E2VS) with a head-up dis­play and an in­er­tial ref­er­ence sys­tem, as well as a syn­thetic vi­sion guid­ance sys­tem. Pas­sen­gers will also en­joy ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, be­gin­ning with the up­per tech panel, which dis­plays flight in­for­ma­tion and of­fers cab­in­man­age­ment fea­tures that can be ac­cessed on per­sonal de­vices through the Honey­well Ova­tion Se­lect sys­tem; high-ca­pac­ity, high-speed con­nec­tiv­ity for all aboard is avail­able through Vi­aSat’s Ka-band sat­com sys­tem, with data speeds of up to 16 Mbps, and live TV can be streamed through IPTV.

The two Prae­tor jets are cur­rently un­der­go­ing flight test­ing. The Prae­tor 600 has a pro­duc­tion-con­form­ing test­bed and is ex­pected to be cer­ti­fied in next year’s sec­ond quar­ter. Mean­while, the pro­duc­tion-con­form­ing Prae­tor 500 is in the ma­tu­rity stage and is ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice a few months later. The price tag for the Prae­tor 600 is $21 mil­lion, while the Prae­tor 500 lists for $17 mil­lion.

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