Embraer is to raise the operating ceiling of the Legacy super mid-size business jet from 39,000ft (12,000m) to 41,000ft in response to customer requests. The Brazilian manufacturer is also close to deciding on a head-up display and enhanced vision system for the aircraft.

The higher ceiling will make the Legacy, based on Embraer's ERJ-135 regional jet, more competitive with dedicated business jets, and will be available as a service bulletin in March 2005, says head of North American sales Scott Callister.

Other improvements planned for next year include high-speed data satellite communications using Inmarsat's Swift64 service and Chelton Systems' new conformal antenna.

Source: Flight International