Embraer introduced the Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets during a company event at Orlando Executive Airport during the 2018 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)
“The Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the disruptive aircraft for the entrepreneur, for the pioneer, for the innovator,” said Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Praetors are aircraft certainly in keeping with their name, leading the way in redefining the characteristics of what a midsize and super-midsize aircraft deliver to the market. The introduction of these aircraft supports our vision of fascinating our customers and providing them with superior value and the best experience in the industry.”
The Praetor 600 [shown above] will allow nonstop flights between London and New York. The Praetor 500 will be capable of reaching Europe from the west coast of the U.S. with a single stop. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 will have an intercontinental range of 3,900nm (7,223km) and the Praetor 500 will offer a continental range of 3,250nm (6,019km).
Advanced technology in the cabin includes the industry-exclusive Upper Tech Panel that displays flight information and offers cabin management features also available on personal devices through Honeywell Ovation Select. High-capacity, high-speed connectivity for all aboard is available through Viasat’s Ka-band with speeds of up to 16Mbps and IPTV, another industry-exclusive in midsize and super-midsize business jets.
With full fly-by-wire technology and active turbulence reduction, passengers will enjoy a smooth flight, complemented by a 5,800ft cabin altitude for passenger comfort.
Embraer is also introducing the premium Bossa Nova interior edition.
“Inspired by our Brazilian heritage, the Bossa Nova interior will delight Praetor customers with its distinctively elegant ambience,” said Jay Beever, vice president, interior design, Embraer Executive Jets. “Upon the foundation of ergonomics and superior craftsmanship, each customer’s personal design style will be reflected throughout the cabin.”
Praetor jets feature the Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion flight deck with vertical weather display, ADSB-IN, and predictive wind shear radar capability. Cockpits options include the 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).
The Praetor jets are currently under development with two Praetor 600 prototypes in flight tests as well as one production-conforming aircraft, and one production-conforming Praetor 500 in its maturity campaign. The Praetor 600 is expected to be certified and enter service in the Q2 2019, followed by the Praetor 500 in the Q3 2019.