The Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 is a twin-engine corporate jet for up to 16 passengers.
Embraer, the Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A., is a Brazilian corporation,
founded in 1969. Embraer was a nearly bankrupt concern when it was restructured
and privatised in 1995. Today it is one of the largest aviation manufacturers in
the world, producing regional commercial, military, and corporate aircraft. Embraer
began working on a 50 seat short-haul feeder-liner jet concept in the late 1980s.
This Embraer EMB145 was flown first on 11 August 1995. The EMB-145 was renamed the
ERJ-145 EMBRAER Regional Jet since. On 16 September 1997, Embraer launched in addition
to the successful ERJ-145, the ERJ-135. This 37-seat development of the ERJ-145
benefits from more than 95% of parts commonality with the ERJ 145: engines, main systems,
cockpit, wing and tail. The fuselage cross section is the same, only 3,6 metres shorter. The
ERJ-135 made its first flight on 4 July 1998. A second prototype followed in October 1998.
Both prototypes were converted from ERJ-145 prototypes. Two basic versions of the ERJ135 are
available: Extended Range (ER) and Long Range (LR). In 2000, Embraer started with the development
of the Legacy, an on the ERJ-135 based corporate jet. The first flight of the Legacy, a converted ERJ-135,
was in March 2001. The Legacy features additional fuel giving a range with 10
passengers of 5930km (3200nm). The EMB135BJ Legacy is powered by two Rolls Royce
Allison AE3007 A1E high-bypass ratio turbofans. The Legacy 600 has a range of 6.019 km and a maximum
cruise speed of Mach 0.80. Already over 70 aircraft of the Legacy has sold to operators
all over the world.
On 6 June 2005, Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 s/n 145-873 ( ex PT-SIS) was registered OK-KKG in Czech.
On 19 February 2007, the executive jet, operated by Grossman Jet Service, Prague, was photographed at
Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands.