When most companies think about BizJet investments, they’re not thinking about turboprops. The turboprop market traditionally skews toward smaller craft — until now. Embraer teased plans about a regional turboprop earlier this year, and now that the design has been revealed, it’s garnering praise from some — and leaving others scratching their heads.
Why the mixed reaction? Embraer’s design defies traditional sizing for a turboprop craft, and the engines aren’t on the wings — they’re mounted to the rear fuselage.
A brand-new concept undergoing continued iteration
Embraer announced some time ago that it was working on a new regional jet, and since then, information has slowly leaked about its design. Analysts quickly grew skeptical of the new turboprop concept. It would make the new jet the first midsized aircraft in decades to feature the design. And the latest release has further divided the skeptics from the believers.
Embraer announced its new regional jet would embrace the turboprop concept, and it would take the design a step further to feature two engines mounted to the rear fuselage. Renderings released by the company reveal a novel aircraft which incorporates a classic design with modern aesthetics. But this might not be the final design. According to the company, it’s still studying the concept and engaging potential partners to determine the best mode of production.
Why a return to turboprops?
Large turboprops have a notorious reputation in the BizJet sector. Passengers frequently complain about noise and vibration from turboprop engines, and the design typically limits range — especially for midsized models.
But it’s precisely these pitfalls driving the design of Embraer’s new craft. According to Rodrigo Silva e Souza, Embraer’s Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, “We realized that if we put the engines at the back, we would reduce the noise significantly. In fact, the noise levels that we get in our simulations are basically the same that we have in our jets today.”
And Embraer isn’t just solving old problems; it’s looking ahead for future opportunities. As Silva e Souza explained, Embraer’s design relies on a future in which hydrogen propulsion systems are a staple: “For this size of plane, we understand that the future will be hydrogen powered aircraft. And when we think about a version of this product powered by hydrogen, the best configuration would be to have the hydrogen tank closer to the engine.”
Embraer is aware of the stigma surrounding larger turboprops, but it hopes to produce a plane to change the conversation and shift perception.
A regional turboprop makes sense
Embraer’s still-unnamed regional turboprop has the potential to carve out a market share in a space where regional jet travel is on the rise. As more people choose to fly private aircraft, they’re looking for affordable solutions. The lower market entry for a turboprop puts Embraer at an immediate advantage, and its upgrade potential makes it a market-ready investment for charter companies that need to remain agile.
Where most airframe manufacturers are content with iterating on already-proven concepts, Embraer is forging a new path forward by looking backward. And they have investor support. Embraer stock has climbed since the announcement of its regional turboprop.
After debuting at the Paris Air Show and making stops around the world in China, Southeast Asia, and Europe, Embraer’s new mega-sized E195-E2 jet has finally landed in the U.S. The aircraft, boasting 120+ seats, displayed its commanding prowess at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of its global roadshow tour. The goal? Showcase Embraer’s largest jet and set the tone for an aircraft that’s ready to dominate the fleet jet market in 2021.
A look at the E195-E2
Embraer is well-known for its E-Jet family of commercial jetliners and has undisputed success with aircraft in the 66-126 passenger range. The E195-E2 is a step up into a new class for the manufacturer. Three seating options — three-class with 120 seats, single-class with 132 seats, or single-class with 146 seats — show the company’s foray into larger aircrafts and marks its largest jet to date. Adjustable seat pitch from 29” to 35” also makes it one of the most accommodating E-Jets.
With size comes power, too. Dual Pratt & Whitney PW1900G Geared Turbofans generate 23,000 pounds of thrust capable of reaching Mach 0.82, pushing the E195-E2 to a range of 2,600 nautical miles. Fully loaded, the jet has a maximum takeoff weight (mtow) of 135,584 pounds.
Perhaps the most staggering feature of the mega-sized jet is its environmentally conscious design. Advanced wing sloping, state-of-the-art avionics, and fuel-efficient engines make this jetliner surprisingly efficient, showing purposeful design by Embraer. According to the manufacturer, “the E195-E2 achieves double-digit lower fuel consumption compared to current-generation E-Jets.” At present, it’s expected to be the most efficient aircraft in the single aisle jet market.
Embraer’s decision to invest nearly $1.6 billion in the expansion of its E-Jet family has added fuel to the fire surrounding speculation for an industry shift toward bigger jets. The industry as a whole has shown a creep toward large-cabin options with more seating and larger gross mtow. The E195-E2 is another data point on this trend.
It makes sense. As international travel picks up and new global business hubs rise, jets need to transport more people, farther, in better time. In many ways, the E195-E2 is a standard for what to expect in the coming decade of travel. Emphasis on efficiency and capacity show forethought to an industry with growing demands for better performance standards. Standards only large-cabin jetliners can meet.
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There’s a lot going on in the private and business aviation industry: Many soon-to-be-released luxury jets are about to enter the market, pre-owned jet prices are stabilizing, and the ADS-B mandate deadline looms. Here’s an overview of what’s happening and what it means for those trying to decide whether to purchase new aircraft, go with pre-owned models, or upgrade their current jets.
Quite a lot of buzz surrounds new luxury jet models coming soon to market. Here’s a taste of what’s on the horizon for those looking to purchase a new high-end aircraft:
Boeing 787 Dreamliner — If you demand nothing less than the height of luxury, the VVIP Dreamliner might be the next jet for you. With the ability to fly nonstop for more than 17 hours, this model provides flyers plenty of time to enjoy its more than 2,400 square feet of cabin space with heated marble floors, a king-size bed, walk-in closet, and full-size shower. If you want to test it out before buying, you can charter this penthouse in the sky for you and 39 of your closest friends for a mere $70,000 per hour.
Embraer Legacy 500 and 450 — Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s Legacy 500 and its slightly shorter sister, the Legacy 450, are some of the fastest jets in the midsize and “mid light” aircraft categories, delivering a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.79 to 0.82, respectively. They are some of only under-$50 million jets that feature full fly-by-wire flight controls. The Legacy 450, with a range of 1,300 nautical miles (nm), has a cabin four feet shorter than the 500, which has a 3,000-nautical-mile range. Both feature superb passenger comfort, low turbulence, and low noise levels.
Gulfstream G500 — Gulfstream’s long-range, large-cabin business jet is scheduled to enter into service in 2019. Its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA engines reduce fuel consumption as well as cut emissions and noise. It sports 27-inch-wide seats with footrests for extra comfortable rides for as many as 19 passengers and includes a large, fully equipped galley. The G500 has a range of 5,200 nm and offers a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and entertainment system as well as full digital fly-by-wire flight controls.
Pilatus PC-24 — The PC-24 super versatile jet is the first business jet from Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft. The 10-passenger aircraft, for which deliveries began in January 2018, has a list price of just under $9 million. Its large aft door can handle standard cargo pallets, it flies as fast as 440 knots, and the PC-24 can fly six passengers 1,800 nm. Buyers can even choose among seven cabin layouts for this area that offer more overall space than its more expensive competitors. In addition, the light jet can use grass, gravel, or dirt runways as well as runways less than 2,700 feet, according to the Barron’s article.
Changes in the pre-owned market
Buyers who are not ready to go all-in on a new jet might want to take a look at the pre-owned market while they still can. Although the pre-owned Gulfstream market has been struggling over the past several years, according to an AINOnline article, an increase in pre-owned sales, decreasing inventories, and stabilizing prices have contributed to its ongoing recovery. For example, less than 4% of Gulfstream G650 and G550 fleets are for sale, which is extremely low compared to recent years.
Inventories for older Gulfstream models, however, such as the GIV-SP and G-V, are still high. In addition, values for the G550, which had been dropping nearly 20% per year for three years, have leveled off. Plus, new tax rules that allow for 100% depreciation during the first year for both new and pre-owned jets will likely boost sales in both categories in the coming year.
For those who plan to acquire a pre-owned aircraft, keep in mind the ADS-B mandate, which requires all aircraft be updated by January 2020. ADS-B Out equipment can be expensive, and slots for performing the upgrades are filling up fast. You don’t want your pre-owned new-to-you jet to lose its value or end up in the scrap heap because of your failure to comply.
Buying a jet, whether the latest model or a pre-owned model, can be a daunting, time-consuming process. To make the best of your next jet purchase, seek out an expert who understands the markets and can help you get the aircraft for your needs at the right price.
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Put the laser down. Ground-to-air laser events have grown astronomically: 20 reported in 2005, nearly 2,000 in 2010. That’s just in the U.K. The numbers are increasing, and lasers focused on aircraft nearing an airport are a growing concern.
Tokyo has opened its first dedicated business jet terminal. Tokyo has fallen behind other cities in the region in developing infrastructure around business jet travel, so this terminal marks a turning point in the attitude toward private aircraft.
Embraer and Boeing Partnership
This new cooperation includes three areas of emphasis: safety and efficiency; research and technology; and sustainable aviation biofuels. The announcement comes the same day that the U.S. and Brazil signed an agreement to deepen cooperation between the two nations over civil aviation.
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I don’t know any Jackie Chan jokes, but I’m sure they are out there, much like the popular Chuck Norris jokes. For instance, Chuck Norris doesn’t hunt, he waits. Chuck Norris’ calendar goes straight from March 31 to April 2 because nobody makes a fool out of Chuck Norris.
Anyway, I digress. Today we’re talking about Jackie Chan.
Did you know all of these facts about Jackie Chan?
He is an operatically trained vocalist.
He won the Favorite Buttkicker award for Karate Kid.
Jackie Chan, native of Hong Kong, China, brought his brand new executive jet to the air show in Singapore this week. Due to his talents as an actor, martial artist, stuntman, choreographer and all-around buttkicker, Jackie Chan enjoys immense popularity in China. This makes him the perfect person to represent the Embraer brand in this quickly expanding market.
China has one of the fastest growing markets for business aviation and private jets. According to Bombardier, the number of jets in China is expected to increase from 150 in 2010 to 2,470 in 2030. Embraer is in negotiations with Aviation Industry Corp. of China to set up a production line in China.
Jackie Chan’s jet is cool. It has a dragon motif painted on it. He says it will help him get around to promotional functions for his charities. I think it helps him look like a badass.
Embraer joins in the news at EBACE when it received an order today and announced at the event that Comlux has placed an order for three of the Embraer Lageacy 650’s with the possibility of increasing the order for 4 more of the aircraft. This marks the very first order for the Legacy 650’s from Embraer from this company. The company only has on hand at present aircraft from Airbus and from Bombardier. Embraer will deliver the first aircraft in December, with the remaining two Legacys to be handed over early next year.
Comlux Kazakhstan currently has four aircraft in its fleet which includes two Bombardier Challenger 605s and two Challenger 805s. The company’s COO, Irina Pay, reported that Comlux is located in a perfect place between Russia and China, which makes it a the best place for a charter operator of its kind. Comlux Kazakhstan also provides aircraft dispatch, ground handling and flight operations services.
It was only a few years ago that Embraer was a minor player in the corporate jet industry with only a 3 percent share. It is making great strides recently in the business aviation industry having gained that number to nearly 20%. The company that is based in Brazil is taking the line of mid-size jets it manufactures in the Legacy 450 and 500 jets, the Phenom light jets and the Legacy 650 jets, Lineage 1000 jets to new levels that they hope will help them gain their goal of a 30% share of the business jet market.
Recently, the company opened a new final assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, and the CEO of the company, Fred Curado indicated that he was very happy with the manufacturer’s position in the industry of business jets. In fact, he recently revealed that he hopes to expand further.
“I do see Embraer one day venturing into the ultra-long-range, large-cabin business jet segment,”he told AIN in an interview. He stated in that recorded interview, their line would compete “with the [Bombardier] Globals and the larger [Dassault] Falcons,” he said.
These are good signs of growth for the industry and it will be interesting to see if Embraer expands to the levels it seeks in the business aviation industry.
It was reported last month that the European Union has approved on a formal basis the company’s manufacturing campus in Portgual. The company has already begun construction earlier in the Summer of 2009 but it has now been blessed by the EU. The facility is going to be a very large 330,00 square foot facility in Evora, Portugal. The first part of the facility is now set to be complete at the end of 2011.
“This announcement is faithful to Embraer’s practices where all regional development projects have to be formally and properly approved. We’ve been waiting for the European Union to give us its final okay,” Luiz Fuchs, president of Embraer Aviation Europe, stated. The first part of the construction is for a manufacturing complex for airframe structures and components in composite materials. Fuchs went on to state, “The construction of the second unit, dedicated to the production of metallic airframe structures, will begin shortly. Meanwhile, we are progressing with the selection of suppliers.” Fuchs indicated that Embraer studied its globalization process and identified Portugal as the country offering the best resources. “The historical connection between the two countries was an important factor,” he indicated in his statements.
This is good news for EU and for the people that work at the Embraer complex. We look for good things coming from Embraer in the coming years.
I was reading recently about the trials and tribulations of a the Embraer Legacy 600 that was manufactured in South America, had a mid-air collision with another jet and had to be refurbished in a sense. The jet was reported to be recovered and repaired:
The Legacy 600–now registered as N965LL–was recovered by a mobile repair team from Cleveland-based Constant Aviation, which was hired by the new owners of the Legacy to recover and repair the jet.
This is an extraordinary story about a jet that will be owned by someone and used as a private or business aircraft, but it also brings to mind man questions in my mind. The idea that this damage has occurred to this aircraft makes me wonder what other aircraft had endured over their lifetime. I think it is imperative that when purchasing an aircraft that each potential owner has a clear picture of the maintenance of the aircraft and the repairs that have been made. Not every aircraft has has had the type of history that this Embraer Legacy 600 has had, but it is important to learn about a jet’s history. It is important that you use a company that is trusted in the industry. Some of the repairs that this jet endured were reported:
The Legacy had a damaged left elevator and the left wing was missing its winglet. “Some structural repairs had to be done to get it in a position to where we could fly it,” Maiden said, “even on a ferry permit.” This included replacing the horizontal stabilizer before the Legacy left the airbase.
The humid jungle environment in Brazil was not kind to the airplane, which sat outside for a year-and-a-half after the accident, and all of its Honeywell avionics displays had to be replaced, he said. The fuel tanks were clean and the Rolls-Royce AE3007 engines had been preserved–although they hadn’t been run, they were in good shape. “We did extensive boroscoping and testing to verify the validity of the engines,” he said. The airframe was also free of corrosion. “We had a team of 10 people,” he said, “and we spent three weeks doing testing and analyzing all the systems to make sure it was a safe airplane to put back in the air.”
Not every private aircraft has a story of this one but each previously owned aircraft has a history. Make sure you work with a company that can help you learn about that history, make informed decisions, and of course buyer beware. L&L International has been doing business in this area for a number of years and they can assist you in every facet of your research and can guide your buying process.