Test-Run of Embraer’s Newest Aircraft: Legacy 500

Embraer has yet another niche-busting design as its builds out its business-jet product line with the Legacy 500

With Embraer’s Legacy 500 approaching certification and customer deliveries set to begin this year, other manufacturers are likely bracing—or should be.

The Brazilian manufacturer is positioning its latest business jet as a midsize aircraft, its 3,000-nm range and $20-million base price competing on paper with the Bombardier Learjet 85, Cessna Citation Sovereign and Gulfstream G150. But the Legacy 500 actually steps up to the super-midsize class, competing in many ways with the Bombardier Challenger 300/350 and Gulfstream G280.

Legacy 500

Embraer Legacy 500

The comparison starts with the cabin, which is equal in height and just
3 in. shy of the length and width of the Challenger 300’s, based upon our measurements of finished cabins in both. The 12 large, well-placed windows flood the cabin with light, making it appear even larger than its actual dimensions.

As have the larger jets, the Legacy 500 has a flat floor with double-club seating for eight, a “wet” galley up front and an aft vacuum-toilet lavatory complete with emergency exit and window. The Honeywell Ovation Select cabin management system in place has features unsurpassed in the larger class of aircraft.

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