Brazil’s civil aviation authority, ANAC, has awarded a type certificate to Embraer’s new mid-size business jet, the Praetor 500. The aircraft was first announced in October 2018. Highlights of the full fly-by-wire aircraft include Ka-band internet connectivity, turbulence reduction and its Embraer DNA interior design.
“The certification of the Praetor 500 is a welcome achievement for the celebration of our golden jubilee,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “This revolutionary aircraft is a testament to the commitment of our teams to excellence and a foretaste of the pioneering that Embraer will accomplish throughout the next 50 years. With the highest performance, technology and comfort in its class, the Praetor 500 becomes the best mid-size business jet ever made, raising the customer experience standards of its class. We are thrilled to announce that we already have orders for the Praetor 500, including in Brazil.”
The 6ft-tall, flat-floor cabin features stone flooring, a vacuum service lavatory, full-service galley, wardrobe and six fully reclining club seats, four of which may be berthed into two beds. The aircraft has a 5,800ft cabin altitude.
The industry-exclusive Upper Tech Panel displays flight information and offers CMS features also available on personal devices through Honeywell’s Ovation Select. Connectivity is available for all on board through Viasat’s Ka-band, with speeds of up to 16Mbps and unlimited streaming. The aircraft also features the newest edition of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck.
The Praetor 500 surpassed its certification goals achieving an intercontinental range of 3,340 nautical miles (6,186km) with NBAA IFR reserves and four passengers. It has a high-speed cruise speed of 466ktas, a full-fuel payload of 1,600 lb (726kg), a takeoff distance of 4,222ft (1,287m) and an unfactored landing distance of 2,086ft (636m). For a 1,000-nautical-mile mission, the takeoff distance is 2,842ft (867m).