Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer continues to stride towards having the most advanced and full range of business jets with the first flight of its newest plane, the mid-light Legacy 450. It’s one of the few business jets with a full fly-by-wire control system.

Embraer test pilots Eduardo Camelier and Eugenio Carç, supported by flight test engineer Carlos Kobayashi, flew the aircraft for 1 hour 35 minutes, evaluating handling and performance.

“The flight was a success,” said Captain Camelier. “The full fly-by-wire system, with side stick flight controls, made the flight very smooth. With the advanced avionics suite, the aircraft operation was very easy and intuitive.”

The Legacy 450 is a mid-light business jet with a 6 ft high flat-floor cabin. Four fully reclining club seats can be berthed into two beds. Maximum cabin altitude is 6,000 ft.

The in-flight entertainment system consists of a high definition video system, surround sound, and multiple audio and video input options. Voice and data communications options are also available. The cabin includes a refreshment center at the entrance, a rear private lavatory, and a carry-on stowage area. The total baggage space is the largest in the aircraft’s category.

The Legacy 450 has Full Fly-By-Wire technology, featuring side stick flight controls, Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics with four 15.1-inch high resolution LCD displays, graphical flight planning, Jeppesen charts and maps, and the Synthetic Vision System (SVS). The optional Embraer Enhanced Vision System (E2VS) encompasses the latest Rockwell Collins Compact Head-Up Display (HUD) and Enhanced Vision System (EVS).

The Legacy 450 is powered by two advanced, fuel-efficient Honeywell HTF 7500E turbofan engines. With four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, the Legacy 450 is capable of flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Boston, or Moscow to New Delhi.

Legacy 450 Spec
Range 2,500 nautical miles
High-speed cruise Mach 0.82
Takeoff Field Length 4,000 feet
Max altitude 45,000 feet
Seating 2 + 6/9
Cabin height 6 feet
Cabin width 6 feet, 10 inches
Cabin length 24 feet
Baggage capacity 150 cubic feet

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