Legacy 600 Recovered From The Jungles Of Brazil By A US Company


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Legacy 600 Recovered From The Jungles Of Brazil By A US Company

Mike Mitchell

November 20, 2010 - Constant Aviation, a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, announced they were the service center of choice to perform the recovery of the Embraer Legacy 600 involved in an incident mid-flight over Brazil in 2006.

The aircraft has remained out of service in a remote military base in the jungles of Brazil since the incident. The Constant Aviation Mobile Aircraft Recovery Team traveled to the aircraft to perform the recovery which consisted of wing repairs, avionics equipment replacement, elevator repair and replacement, and extensive systems testing.

The 10 member team, comprised of maintenance and avionics technicians, engineers, and crew members, spent three weeks in the remote location performing those necessary repairs to get the aircraft to the necessary flight standards.


The Legacy 600 successfully made the flight, totaling over 6 hours, out of the Brazilian jungle back to the states and will remain at Constant Aviation?s Cleveland facility for the remainder of the maintenance work needed to return the aircraft to service.

?I am extremely proud of our Mobile Aircraft Recovery Team and their accomplishments; this is the fifth recovery of this magnitude they have completed. The months of detailed planning that took place between Constant Aviation and all associated parties, including Brazilian officials, the customer, customs agents, and international handlers, lead up to this complex international recovery being executed smoothly.

Being the service center of choice to complete this extensive recovery effort and to now have the aircraft at our facility to complete the necessary work to return the aircraft to service is a great accomplishment for the Constant team,? said Stephen Maiden, President Constant Aviation.

Constant Aviation, has locations at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Birmingham International Airport. Both facilities specialize in airframe maintenance, engine repair maintenance, major repairs, avionics installation and repair, parts distribution, accessory and composite services.

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a business jet derivative of the Embraer ERJ 145 family of commercial jet aircraft. The Legacy 600 is based on the ERJ 145 model, but includes added range with extra fuel tanks in the tail and forward of the wing, added winglets and an extensive drag reduction.

    It is certified to 41,000-foot (12,000 m) altitude versus 37,000 feet (11,000 m) for the airline configuration. Launched in 2000 at the Farnborough Airshow, the Legacy carries 16 passengers for 3,050 nautical miles (5,650 km) or 8 passengers for 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km). The Legacy family includes the Legacy Shuttle, which is an ERJ 135 with a 19-seat passenger cabin configuration as standard (it does not have the same range as the Legacy Executive / Legacy 600).

The Legacy 600 competes on the upper end of the small to mid sized range of business jets. It has nearly the opposite design progression as the rival Canadair Challenger. The Legacy 600 was derived from the established ERJ family of regional jets, while the Canadair Regional Jet was developed by Bombardier from the Challenger business jet. Both lines of aircraft are competitors. Embraer has since launched an extensive lineup of business aircraft, from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, a very-long-range business jet version of the company's 100-seat E-190.

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