Geneva, Switzerland, May 13, 2012 – With Ground Vibration Tests successfully completed, on the prototype #1, the Embraer Legacy 500 is moving toward its first flight in the third quarter and the beginning of its flight-test campaign. The Legacy 500 is scheduled to enter service between fourth quarter 2013 and first quarter 2014.
“We are progressing nicely toward our first flight,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets. “What we have seen to date provides us with great confidence in the Legacy 500 program as a game-changing executive aircraft.”
Embraer expects to rollout Prototype #2 this month followed by the Honeywell HTF-7500E engine run and start of ground tests. The Prototype #3 fuselage has been completed and work is progressing toward its next milestone which is final assembly.
Configured with 10 seating positions, Prototype #3 will test interior materials and systems including the galley and Honeywell’s Ovation®Select™ inflight entertainment system. Prototype #3 will be equipped with the same interior layout as that displayed on the Legacy 500 mockup at the 12th European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE).
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About the Legacy 500
Benefiting from its “clean-sheet” design, Embraer has redefined the aircraft category with the introduction of full fly-by-wire technology to the mid-light and mid-size categories for the first time. The technology not only affords greater performance, weight savings and reduced workload but also increases safety. Embraer has incorporated the state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins ProLine Fusion Avionics. The Legacy 500 is the only aircraft in its class with full, six-foot, stand-up cabin with flat floor and pressurization. The pressurization is maintained at 6,000 feet while cruising at 45,000 feet.
The interior, designed in partnership with the BMW Group DesignworksUSA, has already garnered several international design. The Legacy 500 is the only aircraft in the class to offer a wet galley.