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Embraer joins fuselage of first mid-size Legacy 500

Embraer has accomplished another milestone in the development of its new Legacy 500 mid-size executive jet with the joining of the aircraft’s three fuselage sections – the cockpit, centre fuselage and aft fuselage. Final assembly will take place at Embraer’s facilities in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The company aims to begin flight testing in the second half of 2011.

“Embraer is adopting a multisite industrial strategy for the production of parts and major structures of the Legacy 500, supplied from all over the world,” said Maurício Almeida, Embraer’s vice president of programmes – executive jets.

Sonaca, Alestis and Ducommun are the key structural suppliers. Other suppliers, such as Rockwell Collins (avionics), Honeywell (engines, APU, pressurisation, cabin management and air conditioning), FACC (monuments and linings), Goodrich (anemometric system and cockpit seats), B/E Aerospace (passenger seats, cabin lighting, waste system and airflow outlets), Parker (fuel, flight controls and hydraulic generation), SKF (thrust lever and rudder pedals), Heroux Devtek (landing gear), Zodiac (oxygen and electric power distribution), and Meggitt (pneumatic system and wheels and brakes), are fully engaged and ready to support this important development phase.

The main structure of the Legacy 500 is built of aluminium alloy, with substantial composite material content. Embraer reports that the production process has seen a considerable increase in the use of robots and lean manufacturing processes.

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