Saturday, January 10, 2009

FAA Certifies Embraer Lineage 1000 Executive Jet

Embraer Lineage 1000Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer announced that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Type Certificate (TC) and a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company's ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet. The FAA certification follows type certification by Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in December 2008.

The STC is for the aircraft’s interior, which was designed, manufactured and installed by PATS Aircraft Completions, a subsidiary of DeCrane Aerospace, located in the United States.

According to information provided by Embraer, the maximum range of the Lineage 1000, originally projected to be 4,200 nautical miles (7,778 km or 4,833 miles) with eight passengers, or 4,350 nautical miles (8,056 km or 5,005 miles) with four passengers, has been extended to 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 km or 5,063 miles) with eight passengers, or 4,500 nautical miles (8,344 km or 5,179 miles) with four passengers, both with NBAA IFR reserves.

The aircraft is powered by two General Electric CF34-10E7-B engines, delivering 18,500 pounds of thrust each. It flies at a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.82, and is capable of flying at an altitude of 41,000 feet (12,497 meters).

The Lineage 1000 comes with an integrated Honeywell Primus Epic® avionics suite with five Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) multifunction control screens, Cursor Control Device (CCD), auto throttle, weather radar with turbulence detection, fly-by-wire, and other cutting-edge technologies. Besides the optional Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), there are such optional amenities as Wi-Fi technology and Internet access, plus other features.

Embraer notes that the Lineage 1000 can be configured to accommodate up to 19 passengers. Embraer offers a broad range of interior layouts for five different cabin zones, where passengers may enjoy privacy for meetings, resting, and meals. There is also a private suite with a shower. The cabin has three distinct temperature zones and a maximum altitude rating of 7,000 feet (2,134 meters).

The Lineage 1000, which is the largest business jet manufactured by Embraer, is based on the Embraer 190 commercial jet.

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