February 18, 2013
Embraer Executive Jets flies second Legacy 500 prototype
In the wake of November’s highly successful maiden flight of the Legacy 500, the first, full fly-by-wire midsize business aircraft in the corporate aircraft industry, Embraer Executive Jets’ second Legacy 500 made its maiden flight, officially entering the flight test and certification program. The Legacy 500 has flown more than 44 hours in 23 flights since its first flight on November 27th, 2012. Initial envelope clearances, including flying qualities, systems evaluation and Engine/APU air starts, have been completed. In late January, the aircraft performed a series of natural stalls with expected results. Reports indicate that systems, performance and flying qualities are excellent. The second Legacy 500 prototype will be dedicated primarily to aircraft systems development and certification. The test program, as well as numerous other work that continues in tandem with the flight test program, is designed to ensure the maturity of the Legacy 500, its systems, interior and customer support before the aircraft enters service in 2014. The maturity program ensures customers will have the smoothest possible entry into service.