Embraer Executive Jets has recently opened up their expanded assembly facility in Melbourne, Florida, as the company has decided to add the Legacy 450 aircraft and Legacy 500 aircraft production on to the already existing Phenom 100 aircraft and Phenom 300 aircraft production line. The official opening was held in a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2 at the enlarged production facility.
“With the support of Governor Scott, and his team at Enterprise Florida, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Brevard County, the City of Melbourne, and the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, we are doubling the size of our campus in Melbourne with the addition of the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 assembly lines,”
said the Chief Executive Officer and President of Embraer Executive Jets, Marco Tulio Pellegrini.
“The growth of our partnerships is a reward for the community’s trust, and for its visionary leaders.”
The expansion of Embraer’s production facility was initially started in October of 2014 in order to double the size of the facility to 149,000 square feet, or 124,600 square meters. This expansion will allow for the Legacy 450 and 500 as well as the Phenom 100 and 300 production lines to be adjacent to one another under a single roof.
“I am proud to join Embraer in cutting the ribbon of their expanded aircraft assembly facility today. Two years ago we announced that Embraer had chosen Florida as the best location in the U.S. to manufacture their new aircraft,”
said the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott.
“Embraer already employs more than 1,000 Floridians and the addition of 600 new jobs is incredible news for Florida.”
The Legacy 450 and the Legacy 500 were entered into service in 2015 and 2014, respectively. These midsize business jets were the first of their kind to offer digital flight controls based upon complete fly-by-wire technology equipped with side-stick controls.
“The state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite on four 15.1-inch high-resolution LCD displays allows graphical flight planning and offers operators the advantages of paperless operations and autobrakes. The optional E2VS (Embraer Enhanced Vision System), which includes a Head-Up Display, provides a technological advantage typically only seen in much larger aircraft,”
stated a press release from Embraer.