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Embraer Legacy 500

Brazil (2014)
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The Embraer Legacy 500 of Brazil is intended to challenge business jets from Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Embraer Legacy 500 Mid-Sized Business Passenger Jet.  Entry last updated on 7/1/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The "Legacy 500" is Brazilian-based Embraer's entry into the competitive corporate VIP jet market with an expected price in the $20 million USD range. The aircraft features the latest in technology, both inside and out, to promote a very robust and luxurious flight for even the most fastidious of air travelers. As of this writing (May 2014), the Legacy 500 is nearing its certification with deliveries of completed units set to commence this very year. The Legacy 500 is set to compete with offerings from Bombardier, Cessna, and Gulf Stream. The initial prototype vehicle was unveiled on December 23rd, 2011 and three total aircraft have been built to date.

Externally, the Legacy 500 takes a conventional midsize business jet form with a pointed, short nosecone ahead of the cockpit, tubular windowed fuselage and T-style tail unit mounting its horizontal tailplanes high. The mainplanes are low-mounted under the fuselage and well-swept, capped by economically-minded winglets. The engines are held away from the fuselage in a noise-reducing move while providing the necessary clearance over the mainplanes and under the tailplanes. The undercarriage is wholly retractable and of the tricycle variety (double-wheeled nose leg and double-wheeled main legs). The typical operating crew is two not counting any inflight support staff. Entry/Exit is through a lowering portside door near the cockpit that doubles as an integrated staircase.
Internally, the cockpit shines with modern technology including four large (15"), full-color Multi-Function Display (MFD) units spanning the width of the forward instrument panel. Controlling is by side sticks (left side for left pilot and right side for right pilot) while assisted by Fly-By-Wire (FBW) technology. The "Pro Line Fusion" cockpit is from Rockwell Collins. Throttle controls are expectedly found along the center console. Each pilot position is afforded a comfortable seat and excellent views out-of-the-cockpit. Special vision-assist systems will be introduced in 2015 to provide improved situational awareness, particularly on take-off and landing runs. Passengers will be given access to luxury through comfortable large seats (for seating up to 12 persons), collapsing table surfaces and large porthole windows allowing in abundant natural lighting.

Power is being served through 2 x Honeywell HTF7500E series turbofan engines offering up to 6,500 thrust output each. Performance specifications include a range of 3,450 miles at cruising speeds (about 630 miles per hour or Mach 0.83), a service ceiling of 46,000 feet and a rate-of-climb of 3,750 feet per minute. Dimensions include a running length of 20.5 meters, a wingspan of 20.2 meters and a height of 6.7 meters.

When compared to competing designs found elsewhere, the Legacy 500 is set to make waves upon its arrival with the high-level corporate crowd and wealthy travelers.






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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Brazil
Year: 2014
Type: Mid-Sized Business Passenger Jet
Manufacturer(s): Embraer - Brazil
Production: 3
Global Operators:
None.
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Embraer Legacy 500 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
67.32 ft


Meters
20.52 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
66.40 ft


Meters
20.24 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
22.08 ft


Meters
6.73 m

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Honeywell HTF7500E turbofan engines developing 6,500 lb of thrust each.

Performance
RANGE


Miles
3,452 mi


Kilometers
5,555 km


Nautical Miles
2,999 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
45,997 ft


Meters
14,020 m


Miles
8.71 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
3,750 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,143 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Legacy 500 - Base Series Designation; representing an extended fuselage model version of the Legacy 450 line.