Embraer’s Legacy 650 executive jet demonstrator completed a nonstop flight from Dubai (UAE) to London’s Farnborough Airport, in the UK. The aircraft covered an equivalent still-air distance of 3,500 nm (6,482 km) in 8 hours. The flight was performed with ten occupants – seven passengers and three crew members – aboard a typically equipped Legacy 650.
Launched one year ago at NBAA 2009, the Legacy 650 can fly up to 3,900 nm (7,223 km), nonstop, with four passengers, or 3,840 nm (7,112 km) with eight passengers, or approximately 500 nm (926 km) farther than the Legacy 600.
This increase in range was accomplished through extensive airframe modifications, such as reinforced wings and landing gear, larger fuel capacity, and new Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines. Honeywell’s new Primus Elite avionics suite also equips the Legacy 650 and future Legacy 600s.
The Legacy 650 was recently certified by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The first deliveries are scheduled later this year.