Second Legacy 500 prototype flies
Embraer Legacy 500 second prototype makes its maiden flight.
In the wake of November’s maiden flight of the first Legacy 500, Embraer Executive Jets’ second Legacy 500 made its maiden flight and officially entered the flight test and certification program.
“The test program is proceeding as planned and now that Serial Number Two has flown, the test campaign will accelerate for this break-through midsize jet,” said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets. “The initial flight test feedback has been very favorable. The aircraft and systems overall performance is above expectation.”
The Legacy 500 has flown more than 44 hours in 23 flights since its first flight on November 27, 2012.
The second Legacy 500 prototype will be dedicated primarily to aircraft systems development and certification. The test program, as well as numerous other work that continues in tandem with the flight test program, is designed to ensure the maturity of the Legacy 500, its systems, interior and customer support before the aircraft enters service in 2014. The maturity program ensures customers will have the smoothest possible entry into service.