The Embraer Legacy 500 was officially launched at the 2008 EBACE.
The program was delayed more than a year by software issues with its fly-by-wire system. The initial Legacy 500 was rolled out for first flight in November 2011 but the first flight didn't occur until a year later in December 2012 due to the issues with the flight control system.
The Legacy 500 is powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E engines that produce 6,500 lbs of thrust each. The cockpit is equipped with Rockwell Pro Line Fusion avionics. In 2015, the Legacy 500 is slated to become the first aircraft equipped with optional Rockwell Collins HGS-3500 head-up guidance and multi-spectrum EVS-3000 camera systems. The IR/videocam will be able to detect LED runway and taxiway lights. The avionics maker believes HGS/EVS will qualify as an enhanced flight vision system, enabling operators who use it to fly down to lower weather minimums.
The Legacy 500 is expected to be certified mid 2014.
3,027 nautical miles
1,122 cubic feet
155 cubic feet