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.