Embraer Praetor 500
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Embraer’s Praetor 500 Wins U.S., European Nods

A little more than a month after receiving Brazilian ANAC type certification, Embraer’s Praetor 500 earned EASA and FAA approval, Embraer announced recently. The certifications follow the trio of approvals granted last spring to the aircraft’s longer-range, stretched sibling, the Praetor 600.

Announced during the National Business Aviation Association's annual convention in 2018, the Praetor 500 and 600 mark the next generation of the original Legacy 450 and 500, with new winglets, increased fuel capacity, and other enhancements that boost overall performance.

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As certified, the Praetor 500 is capable of flying 3,340 nautical miles with NBAA IFR reserves and four passengers, reaching a speed of 466 ktas, taking off in 4,222 feet, and having an unfactored landing distance of 2,086 feet. This beats the original design targets of 3,250-nautical-mile range, 462 ktas high-speed cruise, 4,263 takeoff distance, and 2,091-foot unfactored landing distance. The aircraft is capable of connecting Miami to Seattle, New York to London, and Jakarta to Tokyo, nonstop.

As with its Legacy 450 predecessor, the midsize Praetor 500 is fully fly-by-wire and incorporates the latest edition of the Pro Line Fusion flight deck with ADS-B In, Embraer's enhanced vision system with a head-up display, and a synthetic-vision guidance system. It also is the first in its class to be offered with Ka-band connectivity.