Legacy 500 completes vibration tests
Embraer has confirmed that
the first prototype of the Legacy 500 executive jet has successfully completed
ground vibration tests. The aircraft is moving towards a first flight in the
third quarter of 2012 and the beginning of the flight test campaign. The Legacy
500 is scheduled to enter service between fourth quarter 2013 and first quarter
“We are progressing nicely
toward our first flight,” said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive
Jets. “What we have seen to date provides us with great confidence in the
Legacy 500 program as a game-changing executive aircraft.”
Embraer expects to rollout the
second prototype aircraft this month followed by the Honeywell HTF-7500E engine
run and start of ground tests. The third prototype fuselage has been completed
and work is progressing toward its next milestone which is final assembly.
Configured with 10 seats, the
third prototype will test interior materials and systems including the galley
and Honeywell’s Ovation Select inflight entertainment system.
The third prototype will be
fitted with the same interior as displayed on the Legacy 500 mockup at EBACE.