by Yeşim Bilginoğlu Yörük
As a global company with more than 50 years in aerospace, Embraer delivers the ultimate experience in business aviation through aircraft that feature disruptive performance, comfort, and technology. Its portfolio consists of the Phenom 100EV, which offers the business aviation experience in its purest form; the Phenom 300E, which is the best-selling light jet for the past 11 years straight; and the Praetor 500 and the Praetor 600, which with best-in-class flight range, are the most disruptive and technologically advanced midsize and super-midsize business jets, capable of continent-crossing and ocean-spanning missions, respectively. Embraer will debut the Phenom 300E, Embraer Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 business jets at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Palexpo/Geneva, Switzerland, from May 23 to May 25, 2023 to thousands of aircraft buyers, sellers and government officials.
Embraer launched the Phenom 300E in 2018. The Phenom 300E is an upgraded version of the Brazilian manufacturer’s vastly popular Phenom 300. With a freshly designed interior and an upgraded avionics suite, the Phenom 300E is a revitalized version of the original model, while keeping all the performance specifications the same. The Phenom 300E is powered by Pratt & Whitney 355E1 engines. With 3,478 pounds of thrust each, these engines allow the aircraft to achieve speeds of over 500 miles per hour, ensuring any trip is relatively quick.
The Phenom 300E is the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet, with a high-speed cruise of 464 knots and a five-occupant range of 2,010 nautical miles (3,724 km) with NBAA IFR reserves. With the best climb and field performance in its class, the Phenom 300E costs less to operate and maintain than its peers. The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) with a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E1 engines. The Phenom 300E offers a spacious cabin with the Embraer DNA Design and its baggage compartment is among the largest in its category. The largest windows in the class deliver abundant natural lighting in the cabin as well as in the private lavatory. The comfort of the seats, with recline and full movement capability, is enhanced by the best pressurization among light jets (6,600 ft. maximum cabin altitude). The Phenom 300E features distinct temperature zones for pilots and passengers, a wardrobe and refreshment center, voice and data communications options, and an entertainment system.
The cabin of the Phenom 300E measures just under 5 feet tall, with the width ticking in just over 5 feet wide. This allows plenty of comfort for passengers. With a length of over 17 feet long, the cabin provides plenty of room for passengers to roam. The cockpit is fitted with the high-performing Garmin G3000 Prodigy Touch suite. Previous models of the Phenom 300 are outfitted with the G1000 suite, but Embraer decided to upgrade when the Phenom 300E was introduced. The Prodigy Touch suite offers the first-ever runway overrun awareness and alert system. With the Phenom 300E being single-pilot rated, this advanced system adds another layer of safety to the aircraft.
By constantly improving on the best. It’s in this spirit that the Phenom 300E received further enhancements, becoming the most successful business jet of the past decade, the best-selling light jet for 11 years running, and the fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot jet in production. Unmatched technology. Superior performance. Uncompromised comfort. The fastest and longest-ranged single-pilot business jet in production is capable of speeds up to Mach 0.80, features a quieter cabin than ever before, and is the first and only business aircraft to have a runway overrun awareness and alerting system (ROAAS), which provides a warning advisory if the runway approach is too steep or too fast. With its next-generation avionics, generous cabin space, revolutionary interior, industry-exclusive upper technology panel and the best-in-class cabin altitude that made it so popular, plus enhancements that reduce cabin noise, the most popular light jet sets the standard for all others.
The plane's name—Praetor, comes from the Latin word for leader, commander and magistrate, someone who forges ahead and takes command. The Praetor 500 from Embraer is the latest evolution of the Legacy 450 design, with new winglets and extra fuel tanks for greater range, plus, a class-leading cabin altitude of 5,800 feet. Fly-by-wire technology and a stand-up cabin allow for a remarkably comfortable travel experience. Based on the existing, and already extremely impressive Legacy 450, the Praetor 500 boasts a remarkable range for a super-midsize jet due to additional fuel tanks. The main strength of the Praetor 500 next to its competitors is in deed lies in its range. Embraer achieved a midsize jet design that can comfortably make a 3,340 nautical mile trip with four passengers and fuel for a 200 nmi divert. It can operate trips such as New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Seattle, San Francisco to Gander, Singapore to Beijing, or Dubai to Bangkok with ease as well as retaining excellent short runway performance. Non-stop. This is the fastest midsize jet that will fly from the west coast of USA to Europe, with just one stop.
Introduced on October 14, 2018, the Praetor 500 and 600 are described as being midsize and super-midsize business jets that are updated versions of Embraer’s Legacy 450 (EMB-545) and Legacy 500 (EMB-550), respectively. The Praetor 500, certificated in 2019, carries the same model designation (EMB-550/500) as its predecessor, the Legacy 450, which first flew in 2013 and entered the market in late 2015. The Praetor 500 midsize business jet quickly became the best-selling jet in its segment due to its blend of range, high speed, and sensible operating costs. With more than 210 flying, the Praetor series has logged more than 300,000 flight hours, and completed more than 195,000 cycles by the summer of 2022.
From the outside, the Embraer Praetor 500 looks like the Legacy 450. The jet is 64 ft 7 in long and sits 21 ft 1 in tall on the ground. The revised winglets give the Praetor 500 a slightly longer wingspan of 70 ft 6 in, longer than the Challenger 350 but not enough to cause problems at the hanger. The Praetor 500 uses two Honeywell HTF7500E turbofan engines that produce 6,540 lbf of thrust. Honeywell specifically developed this model to fit the needs of the Legacy 450 and 500 series, and the engine remained almost identical since its introduction. The maximum operating speed for the Praetor 500 is Mach 0.83, with a high-speed cruise of 466 knots. The jet takes just 17 minutes to reach 41,000 ft in a direct profile, with a service ceiling of 45,000 ft.
The Praetor 500 has a useful payload of 2,921 lbs. Its maximum takeoff weight is 37,567 lbs. Fuel capacity is 13,050 lbs, with a single-point refueling port to make ground operations easier. Despite having a better range and comparable payloads, the Praetor 500 is considerably lighter than most midsize jets except for the Cessna Citation Latitude.
Like most Embraer jet aircraft, the Praetor 500 uses fly-by-wire controls. The fly-by-wire flight control system includes five layers of redundancy within the electrical schematic to protect the crew from a total system failure: two generators, an APU, two main batteries, and two backup batteries, and if all else heads south, a ram-air turbine (RAT) to deploy into the slipstream to generate juice for critical capabilities like controlling the airplane.
The passenger cabin of the Praetor 500 fits up to nine passengers, in addition to the two-pilot crew, but most operators configure it with seven seats. The cabin area is 6 ft tall, 24 ft long, and 7 ft wide, making it the widest in the midsize segment. An additional unpressurized cargo bay in the rear fuselage holds 110 more cubic fee of bags and equipment. The seats can recline into berths, a necessity with the impressive range of the Praetor 500. The main competitors in the midsize segment are the Cessna Citation Latitude and the Bombardier Challenger 350.
On May 11, 2023 NetJets has signed a new deal with Embraer for up to 250 Praetor 500 jet options, which includes a comprehensive services and support agreement. The deal is valued in excess of US $5 Billion, with deliveries expected to begin in 2025, and will be NetJets’ first time offering the midsize Praetor 500 to customers. For over a decade, NetJets has operated Embraer’s Phenom 300 series, one of NetJets’ most requested aircraft. The partnership between Embraer and NetJets began in 2010 when NetJets first signed a purchase agreement for 50 Phenom 300 aircraft, with up to 75 additional options. In 2021, after Embraer successfully delivered over 100 aircraft, the companies signed a continuing deal for up to 100 additional Phenom 300/E jets, in excess of US$1.2 Billion.
Modeled on the Legacy 500 and first announced at NBAA in October 2018, the Praetor 600 was certified on April 18, 2019 with Brazil's Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) and on May 20, 2019 with EASA and FAA. The deliveries of Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet was started in June 2019. Embraer claims the Praetor 600 is the world’s most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize business jet. It is also one of the farthest-flying Super Midsize Jets, able to fly about 4,018 nm (7,441 km) non-stop at long-range cruise speed. It has a maximum endurance of nearly 9 hours, allowing nonstop flights between London and New York, Londan and Dubai, São Paulo and Miami, and Dubai and Hong Kong. High-speed cruise capabilities of 466 knots (863 km/h and Mach 0.83) shortens travel time to the destination.
The Praetor 600 elevates the super-midsize segment to new heights via impressive standards of speed, range, and accommodations that raise the bar well beyond the reach of would-be competitors. Industry-leading technology works in harmony with thoughtful cabin design to present one of the smoothest, blissfully quiet in-flight environments available.
The Praetor 600 amazes passengers with its inviting cabin with a 1.83 m ceiling, flat floor, and fully equipped galley, convenient restroom with wardrobe and cabin luggage storage. With seats that transform to four flat beds, the Praetor 600 is the ideal airplane for long flights, while it can also easily land on runways as short as 3,000 feet. With class-leading takeoff and landing distances, operators will have access to runways that other midsize aircraft cannot navigate.
This state-of-the-art aircraft also offers an extremely smooth flight experience with active turbulence-reduction and best-in-class cabin altitude. Embraer is the only manufacturer to offer this technology in the super-midsize class. Thanks to this technology while the Praetor 600’s full fly-by-wire with side-stick controls reduces pilot workload and provides a safer, smoother flight experience, its best-in-class cabin altitude will allow passengers to feel like they are at 5,800 feet while flying at 45,000 feet. During the flight, the ultra-quiet cabin is perfect for conversation, resting, or working.
Praetor 600 is certified to accommodate 12 passengers. With four variable cabin configurations, the Praetor is most suitable for up to eight passengers but can accommodate as many as 12 when fitted with a belted lavatory seat.
The High-tech Praetor 600 is a fully-connected sky-high office with Viasat Ka-band Wi-Fi and Gogo AVANCE L5 onboard. The aircraft also offers an at-home experience in the skies with Touchscreen cabin controls and a Honeywell Ovation™ Select Cabin Management Suite featuring full 1080p HD video streaming and immersive audio for entertainment. A touchscreen overhead panel puts flight status information, ambient lighting and access to cabin controls directly at passengers’ fingertips