Legacy 450 Pilot Report

Legacy 450 Pilot Report


Fred George, renowned chief pilot for Aviation Week, recently visited the Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos in Brazil to test the new Legacy 450 mid-light jet.

Fred, who received ground school instruction and simulator training on the very similar Legacy 500 in 2014, flew Legacy 450 SN 20, Embraer’s factory demonstrator. He was accompanied by senior test pilot Eduardo Camelier in the right seat, Capt. Luiz E. L. Salgado Ribeiro as safety pilot and flight test engineer Carlos Masaki “Koba” Kobayashi, on the ramp.

Fred compiled the flight test results and published them, along with his review of the aircraft’s performance, design and technology.



The flight test included testing many of the Legacy 450’s flying capabilities, including the aircraft’s full fly-by-wire digital controls. The Legacy 450 performed superbly. 

Here are some of the highlights of Fred’s report:

  • “The Legacy 450 indeed sets new standards in this class for cockpit technologies. FBW makes it a delight to hand-fly, its flight deck provides top-notch situational awareness and its pilot/machine ergonomics are unsurpassed.”
  • “Nestling into the left seat, we were reminded of the excellent visibility afforded by the large windows and cockpit layout.”
  • “No competitor has lower interior sound levels or a more comfortable ride in turbulence, based upon our observations.”

Read the entire report

About Fred George: Fred is a senior editor with Business & Commercial Aviation. He also is  Aviation Week's chief pilot, having flown left seat in virtually every turbine-powered business jet produced in the past two decades.

Over the years, Fred has flown numerous individual aircraft types, ranging from the Piper J-3 Cub through Boeing and Airbus single-aisle jetliners and military aircraft. He has earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and four jet aircraft type ratings, and he remains an active pilot. Fred also specializes in avionics, aircraft systems and pilot technique reports.

Prior to joining Aviation Week, he was an FAA-designated pilot examiner, instrument flight instructor and charter jet pilot. He also is a former U.S. Naval aviator who made three cruises to the western Pacific while flying the McDonnell-Douglas F-4J Phantom II.

Fred has won numerous aviation journalism awards and serves as a director of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

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