Embraer and FlightSafety International have completed the training of the first class of pilots for the new Legacy 500 executive jet on a specially constructed Level C flight simulator.
The 500 has many advanced features including complete fly-by-wire controls which keep the pilots flying within the certified performance ‘envelope’. Training is being conducted at FlightSafety International in the USA.
The Legacy 500 received certification from the Brazilian authority ANAC in August and from the FAA in October. EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification is imminent. The Legacy 500 is now able to operate in Brazil, United States, and in countries that require FAA certification. The first Legacy 500 was delivered to a Brazilian customer in October.
About the Legacy 500
The Legacy 500 has the best-in-class six-foot flat-floor cabin, which is comparable to those of some aircraft in the super midsize category, says Embraer. Eight club seats may be berthed into four beds for complete rest in a cabin altitude of 6,000 feet. The in-flight entertainment system consists of a high definition video system, surround sound, multiple audio and video input options, a cabin management system, and three options for voice communications and connectivity.
The Legacy 500 is the first midsize business jet with digital flight controls, based on fly-by-wire technology, featuring side sticks. The state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite has four 15-inch high resolution LCD displays and allows graphical flight planning. It has options such as paperless operations capability, auto brakes, and the E2VS (Embraer Enhanced Vision System), which includes a Head Up Display (HUD) with the Enhanced Vision System (EVS).
The Legacy 500 is capable of flying at 45,000 feet and is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines, the greenest in their class. Taking off from airfields as short as 4,084ft, the Legacy 500 has a range of 3125 nautical miles (5788 kilometers) with four passengers, including NBAA IFR fuel reserves. It can fly nonstop from São Paulo to Caracas, Los Angeles to Honolulu, Teterboro to London, Moscow to New Delhi, Jakarta to Sydney, Dubai to Zurich, and Beijing to New Delhi.