Embraer’s next new business jet, the fly-by-wire Legacy 500, rolled out of the manufacturer’s São José dos Campos headquarters in Brazil on Dec. 23, 2011. The jet’s first flight had been planned by the end of last year, but has been delayed until the third quarter this year due to a software problem with the fly-by-wire flight control system’s remote electronic unit made by Parker Aerospace, according to Embraer. The delay means that Legacy 500 certification moves to the second half of 2013, about a year later than planned. Projected entry into service was 2013, and that still could occur.
The Legacy 500 and (in range and fuselage length) shorter Legacy 450 will be equipped with Embraer’s most sophisticated fly-by-wire system, a closed-loop design that controls the rudder, spoilers, elevators, horizontal stabilizer, flaps and ailerons. The Legacy 450 program is also affected, and the 450 should achieve certification in late 2014 instead of in 2013.