The new Embraer Legacy 500 made its first public appearance outside Brazil as it flew to Geneva, where it is on display at the EBACE static park. Today at the show, Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards reported that the airplane successfully underwent cold-soak tests at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, following its first leg from São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The next leg was a short hop to Embraer’s U.S. manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Fla., where guests viewed the airplane and order-holders defined their preferred interior configurations.
From there, the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 flew a four-hour leg to St. John, Newfoundland, before traveling on a six-hour nonstop to Geneva.
Edwards said he took the controls between Melbourne and St. John, climbed to FL450, leveled off and flew the airplane for about two hours. He also took the controls for an hour and a half on the leg to Geneva.
“The airplane was extremely easy to fly,” he said. “You wouldn’t have to engage the autopilot to maintain your heading and altitude. It’s the first fly-by-wire business jet in its category and it really is a pleasure to fly.”