The new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet has been granted its type certificate by EASA and by the FAA. Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Michael Amalfitano says: “Now certified by the key aviation safety agencies of the world, the Praetor 600 has proven to be the most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize business jet to enter the market, paving the way to begin deliveries in the second quarter. Just over six months since its launch and debut, the Praetor 600 has already been outperforming its certification goals, raising expectations of the ideal super-midsize. Once again, I want to thank and congratulate the entire Embraer family for bringing to market such a revolutionary aircraft, designed to create a new value experience for customers and shareholders alike.”
Brazil's Civil Aviation Authority awarded the new aircraft its type certificate on 18 April this year.
The Praetor 600 began its journey to EBACE at São Paulo International airport in Brazil on 8 May, arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a six-passenger equivalent payload of 1,200 lb. This was the aircraft's longest flight to date, covering 3,904 nm over an air distance of 3,678 nm, having faced up to 43 knots of headwinds and descended into Miami's distinct air space pattern.
On 16 May, it departed Teterboro airport in the US for Europe, fueled by sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF), and joined the Embraer portfolio fleet at 'Fueling the Future', a business aviation biofuel event held at Farnborough airport. This first transatlantic flight covered about 3,000 nm with approx 15,000 lb of fuel, of which 3,000 lb was SAJF.
The 'Fueling the Future' event marked the first anniversary of the launch of the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel at EBACE 2018, and the 10th anniversary of the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change, announced in 2009. The event gathered business aviation and civic leaders to discuss the path forward for the continued adoption of SAJF in business aviation, in order to fulfill the coalition's goal of reducing emissions through investments and innovation.
The Praetor 600 has surpassed all its main design goals and is capable of flying beyond 4,000 nm in long-range cruise speed or beyond 3,700 nm at Mach .80, from runways shorter than 4,500ft and complemented by an outstanding payload capability. It is able to make nonstop flights between London and New York, São Paulo and Miami, Dubai and London. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, it has an intercontinental range of 4,018 nm. Take Off Field Length for such a mission is only 4,436 ft. At Mach .80, range is 3,719 nm with four passengers and NBBA IFR Reserves.
The Praetor 600 boasts full fly-by-wire technology that powers the active turbulence reduction, making every flight the smoothest and the most efficient possible.
The Embraer DNA Design interior features a six foot tall, flat-floor cabin, stone flooring and a vacuum service lavatory. Active turbulence reduction and the 5,800 ft cabin altitude is complemented by a whisper silent cabin. In addition to the full-service galley and a wardrobe, eight fully reclining club seats may be berthed into four beds, and the baggage space is the largest in the class.
Advanced technology throughout the cabin is also a trait of the DNA Design, beginning with an upper tech panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features also available on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select. High-capacity, ultra high-speed connectivity for all aboard is available through Viasat's Ka-band, with speeds of up to 16Mbps and unlimited streaming.
The newest edition of Collins Aerospace's Pro Line Fusion flight deck is employed. It offers capabilities such as vertical weather display, air-traffic-control-like situational awareness with ADSB-In, predictive wind shear radar capability as well as Embraer Enhanced Vision System (E2VS) with a Head-up Display (HUD) and an Enhanced Video System (EVS), an Inertial Reference System (IRS) and a Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS).