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Embraer Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 Jets Get New Cabin Enhancements

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Embraer announces further enhancements to the class-leading Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 cabins.
Embraer Praetor 600 flying over clouds
The Embraer Praetor 600 is a class-leading super-midsize jet. Credit: Embraer

The new Embraer Praetor 500 (midsize category jet) and Praetor 600 super-midsize category jet) were both announced in Oct 2018 with the first delivery of the Praetor 500 having been delivered only 7 months ago in December 2019, just before we all ran into the headwinds of Covid-19. Impressively Embraer also just completed the first delivery of its new Phenom 300E Business Jet 2 weeks ago, only 1 month over schedule, which was no small feat considering the many restrictions of the world health crisis.

Remarkably, both Embraer’s Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 series jets are the farthest- and fastest-flying jets in their respective categories and according to Embraer, are the most technologically advanced aircraft in their respective categories as well.

Embraer Praetor 500 flying over sea
The Embraer Praetor 500 is a class-leading midsize jet. Credit: Embraer

Embraer Executive Jets has now gone one step further and announced a series of further enhancements to both the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 cabins to consolidate the Praetor as the best cabin environment among all medium jets.

The Praetor range already has the lowest cabin altitude in the class and 100% fresh air capability, however, Embraer is now making the HEPA filter standard on all Praetor aircraft and has announced the certification of a new electric lavatory pocket door, allowing the lavatory to be used as an emergency exit, and has also approved the use of MicroShield360 on cabin surfaces.

Embraer Praetor 500 galley kitchen
The galley and cabin of the Embraer Praetor 500. Credit: Embraer

Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, remarked “The Praetors truly lead the way as the most disruptive and technologically advanced aircraft in their respective categories for features such as the best-in-class Environmental Control System and cabin altitude. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incorporation of new health and safety technologies is paramount, which is why we are proud to deliver even more value to Praetor customers with this series of cabin enhancements. Furthermore, with the certification of the new electric lavatory pocket door, the Praetors combine the cleanest cabin environment and compliance with the most stringent operational requirements, such as Part 135.”

Now included as standard, the HEPA filter further improves the Praetor 500 and 600 cabin air quality, capturing 99.97% of all particles, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Additionally, Embraer has tested and approved the use of MicroShield360 ― a preventative coating system that, when applied to aircraft interiors, continuously inhibits the growth of microbes on surfaces.

Embraer Praetor 600 interior cabin
Embraer has tested and approved the use of MicroShield360 on cabin surfaces. Credit: Embraer

At 45,000 feet, Praetor passengers experience a comfortable 5,800-foot cabin altitude. As a result, passengers feel more rested and refreshed. The combination of these new and existing features equates to cabin health that is unparalleled in the medium cabin segment.

To further enhance the atmosphere of safety and cleanliness in Praetor cabins, Embraer has developed the only electric lavatory pocket door in the midsize and super-midsize categories.

This new optional feature, which allows the passenger the comfort of opening the lavatory door by just pressing a button, is now available for delivery in both new Praetor jets and can be retrofitted on both Praetor and Legacy 450 and 500 models (starting in the fourth quarter of 2020), allowing 100% of the Praetor aircraft to have the emergency exit in the lavatory — even those under FAA Part 135 operations.

Embraer Praetor 500 interior cabin
Embraer Praetor 500 and 600 will now have HEPA air filters as standard. Credit: Embraer

Certified by ANAC in early June 2020, and recently validated by EASA and the FAA, the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600 are the only aircraft in the medium cabin segment to have the emergency exit door in the lavatory, while complying with the latest cabin safety requirements.

By moving the emergency exit to the lavatory, the Praetor 500 and 600 cabins are further enhanced with a recognizably clean, quiet, and functional aesthetic, featuring minimized placards, temperature management, and noise reduction, thanks to the lack of an exit door cut-out, plus full seat and table functionality.

The Embraer Praetor 500 business jet is capable of true North America corner-to-corner nonstop flights, such as Miami to Seattle or Los Angeles to New York. Its sibling, the Praetor 600, is capable of nonstop flights from Paris to New York or São Paulo to Miami. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Praetor 600 has an intercontinental range of 4,018 nautical miles (7,441 km) Embraer’s modern portfolio consists of the entry-level Phenom 100EV, the light Phenom 300E, the midsize Praetor 500 and the super-midsize Praetor 600.

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Bombardier To End Production of the Iconic Learjet

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Bombardier Jets has announced production of the iconic Learjet will end after nearly 60 years of production and 3000 new builds.
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made in 2021. Credit: Bombardier
The latest Learjet 75 Liberty will be one of the last models to be made when production ends in 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Inspired by Swiss fighter aircraft and first made famous in the 60’s by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, the Learjet’s days will be coming to a close as Bombardier axes the smaller jet to allow the company to focus on the more larger and profitable Challenger and Global aircraft families.

From its first flight on 7th October 1963, the Learjet had been a favorite choice for private and business aviation, with members of the original Rat Pack frequently using the Learjet as a mode of transport to jet between glamorous locations.

Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will end production of Learjets by Q4 of 2021. Credit: Bombardier

Unfortunately for Learjet, as newer technologies developed and competition from brands like Embraer and Cessna increased, Learjet could not keep pace with the demand for faster flights and more cabin space.

Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier
Learjet remained popular for many years with ultra-wealthy clients. Credit: Bombardier

Bombardier spokesman Mark Masluch noted, “Less equipped aircraft at smaller price points drove demand,” while a recent statement from Bombardier referenced a lack of profitability and the need for a cost-cutting plan as reason for ending of production and the subsequent reduction of its workforce by 1,600 positions.

Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier
Modern cabin of the Learjet 75 Liberty. Credit: Bombardier

“With more than 3,000 aircraft delivered since its entry-into-service in 1963, the iconic Learjet aircraft has had a remarkable and lasting impact on business aviation”, shared Eric Martel, Bombardier Jets President and CEO. “However, given the increasingly challenging market dynamics, we have made this difficult decision to end Learjet production.”

Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier
Bombardier will still support existing Learjet models for maintenance and upgrades. Credit: Bombardier

Now, after nearly 60 years, Bombardier will be calling it a day on the Learjet in Q4 later this year, but the company has revealed the Learjet headquarters in Wichita, Kansas will remain operational and be transformed into a support center for maintenance and upgrades of existing Learjet models.

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Cirrus Aircraft Celebrates 8000th Delivery with 8 Limited Editions

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Cirrus is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their SR Series with a special 8000 Limited Edition SR Series of just 8 models.
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft
The 1-of-8 Cirrus Aircraft 8000 Limited Edition SR Series. Credit: Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is celebrating the 8000th delivery of their best-selling SR series aircraft and is creating eight “8000 Limited Edition SR Series” models to commemorate the occasion.

Known as the “company that makes the planes with the parachutes,” aka the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System®, Cirrus Aircraft has been building personal aircraft for customers since 1984 and delivered the first SR series aircraft to a customer in 1999.

Now wearing a bright fluoro yellow “Volt 8K” livery designed by Xi Design Studio (Cirrus Aircraft’s in-house personalization team), the 8000th Cirrus aircraft has been delivered to private customer Brad Pierce and was the first of eight 8000 Limited Edition SR Series to be built.

Cirrus SR22T "8000 Limited Edition SR Series". Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus SR22T “8000 Limited Edition SR Series”. Credit: Brad Pierce

“The SR Series has an incredible history of innovation, evolution and invention,” said Zean Nielsen, CEO at Cirrus Aircraft. “Our team took that as inspiration to create a Limited Edition that breaks out of the boundaries of traditional aircraft design to reflect the energy and excitement of where we are going next.”

Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce
Volt 8K livery with hash line designs from Xi Design Studio. Credit: Brad Pierce

Taking inspiration from the bold markings on the runway, the new Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series also features vertical hash lines across the rear stabilizer and multiple other locations on the aircraft’s exterior and interior.

The bright “Volt” yellow theme also appears in the interior cabin, matching two-tone stitching and embroidery on the seats and upholstery.

The remaining Cirrus 8000 Limited Edition SR Series aircraft will be delivered to their new owners in a series of events over the coming months.

Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Rear View
Hash lines on the rear stabilizer. Credit: Brad Pierce
Cirrus Aircraft SR22T 8000 Limited Edition Brad in Motion Side View
The 8000th Cirrus SR Series aircraft to be delivered since 1999. Credit: Brad Pierce

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Pilatus Configures First 10 Seater PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

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Pilatus has configured and delivered their first 10 seater PC-24 “Super Versatile Jet”” to a US-based customer for corporate use.
Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet Front Seats

Swiss-based aviation company Pilatus has delivered the first-ever 10 seater PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to a western United States customer.

First introduced to the market in 2018, the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet lives up to its name with its ability to land on grass, gravel, snow, or asphalt and can be configured for public, private, or business use like the most recent ten-seater configured for corporate use.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet 10 Seater

For passengers comfort, each seat features a side storage compartment and cup holder along with a USB charging port to ensure passengers can remain connected throughout their trip.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet 10 Seater Commuter

“All of us at Pilatus are pleased to hand over this new PC-24 in the 10-seat commuter configuration. The PC-24 is the only aircraft in its category to offer this level of high-capacity interior for ten passengers. All seats are forward-facing, and internal cargo space of more than 50 cubic feet (1.4 cubic meters) remains accessible in flight,” shared Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation of Pilatus. “We expect this configuration will prove very popular with both public and private operators requiring a cost-effective solution for frequent transportation of passengers as an alternative to sending them on the airlines.”

As a “mid-size” jets, the cabin size of the PC-24 is considered spacious for a jet of its size and includes features like individually adjustable seats, a full washroom with a toilet, and a baggage area that is accessible in flight.

Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet

Inflight catering setups are also available as an option and can be configured with a forward galley at the front of the cabin with stowage for tea & coffee, ice, and catering equipment.

Pilatus’s order book for the PC-24 Super Versatile Jet is already fully booked for 2021, with current orders expected to be delivered in early 2022.

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