General Aviation Embraer Business Jets Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and 500 to set new National Aeronautic Association speed record

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In a press release, the Brazilian business jet manufacturer Embraer has announced that three of its aircraft, namely the Phenom 300, the Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500, have set new speed records. The certificates for those records have been officially awarded to Embraer by the US American National Aeronautic Association (NAA) in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 11, 2017 in the frameset of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 2017 Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

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According to Embraer, the Phenom 300 light jet set new speed records on two flights over the Caribbean and the United States, by flying from Philipsburg, St. Martin, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 1, 2016. For this routing, the jet needed 2 hours and 41 minutes, with an average speed of 733.38 km/h.

The second rout pairing, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Van Nuys, California, was flown in 4 hours and 42 minutes, with an average speed of 795.96 km/h. The Phenom 300 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, providing 3,360lbs of thrust per engine.

The larger Legacy 450 has set new speed records for a total of three route pairings in the US and between Australia and Indonesia. According to the manufacturer “the first flight was from Oakland, California to Maui, Hawaii, on December 5, 2016, which lasted 5 hours and 14 minutes, covering a distance of 2,428 miles (3,907 km), recording its longest flight to date”, achieving a speed of 724.05 km/h on average. Another flight from Maui to San Francisco was flown with an average speed of 846.34 in four hours and 27 minutes. The third record flight was performed from Perth, Australia to Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 8, 2017. The distance of 3,000 km was flown in four hours and 36 minutes with an average speed of 651.62 km/h. Embraer states that “the Legacy 450 is powered by two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines with 6,540 pounds of thrust each”.

Embraer Legacy 500
Embraer Legacy 500 © Embraer

According to Embraer, “the Legacy 500 midsize jet set two new speed records over Europe. The first flight was between Bremen, Germany and Moscow, Russia on September 7, 2016, recording an average speed of 481.75 mph (775.3 km/h) during a flight lasting 2 hours and 24 minutes and covered a distance of 1,008 nm (1,867 km). The second flight happened on September 11, 2016, between Moscow and Paris, France, which lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes and covered a distance of 1,332 nautical miles (2,467 km). According to the NAA, an average speed of 480 mph (772.49 km/h) was achieved. The Legacy 500 is powered by two Honeywell HTF 7500E engines with 7,036 lbs of thrust each with a top speed of Mach 0.83 (629 mph or 1,012 km/h) and a range of 3,125 nm (5,371 km) with four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves.

Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.

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