The first Embraer Legacy 650 super-midsize jet built in China completed its maiden flight Tuesday.
It was assembled by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), the joint venture between Embraer and Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) that previously manufactured EMB-145 regional jets upon which the Legacy is based. Delivery of the first Harbin-built Legacy 650 to a Chinese customer is expected by year-end. All Legacys assembled at the Harbin plant will be for Chinese customers only.
Embraer’s test pilots flew the aircraft for nearly two hours and 30 minutes, assessing its handling and performance characteristics. During the flight, the aircraft’s systems were evaluated, including those for flight control, communication and navigation.
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