Embraer Legacy 500

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Legacy 500
MSJ concept drawing as of October, 2007
Role Business jet
National origin Brazil
Manufacturer Embraer
First flight 27 November 2012
Introduction 11 October 2014
Status In Service
Number built 3
Unit cost
Variants Embraer Legacy 450

The Embraer Legacy 500 is a mid-size business jet being developed by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.

Design and development[edit]

Initially called the MSJ (Mid-Size Jet) Concept at NBAA 2007, the Legacy 500 was officially launched at EBACE in 2008, along with its smaller sibling, the Legacy 450.[1] It can be configured to carry up to 12 passengers, and can carry eight passengers over 2,800 nautical miles (5,190 km), or four passengers over 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km). The first prototype – S/N 00001 – was rolled out on 23 December 2011 to begin ground testing and systems evaluation.[2][3]

Embraer's originally announced timeline for first flight and certification of the Legacy 500 had to be revised because software development for the Parker Hannifin-supplied fly-by-wire control system was running behind schedule. However the initial prototype was still incomplete at the time of the announcement on October 11, 2011 and the first engine run was only completed three months later on the 17th of January.[4][5][6][7] Rockwell Collins is supplying its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite for the Legacy 500's cockpit. The aircraft's first flight occurred on 27 November 2012.[8] Certification was received from ANAC on August 12, 2014,[9] and first delivery occurred to an undisclosed Brazilian company almost two months later on October 11.[10]

On October 21st the Legacy 500 was cleared for flights over United States soil.[11]


Legacy 450
Legacy 500
Extended length model


Data from [12]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: up to 12 passengers, 8 standard
  • Length: 20.52 m (67 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 20.24 m (66 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 6.73 m (22 ft 1 in)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Honeywell HTF7500E Turbofan engines, 31.1 kN (7,000 lbf) thrust each


  • Range: 5,788 km (3,596 mi; 3,125 nmi) at Mach 0.78
  • Service ceiling: 13,716 m (45,000 ft) - certified to 46,000 ft
  • Rate of climb: 19.1 m/s (3,750 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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