Legacy 500

Pilot Report

Legacy 500 Pilot Report

In late March, 2014, Fred George, the renowned chief pilot for Aviation Week, visited the Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos in Brazil to test the new Legacy 500 midsize jet.

After ground school instruction and simulator training, Fred George took Legacy 500 SN 001 for a test flight. Embraer’s Legacy 500 chief test pilot Eduardo Camelier took the right seat, instructor pilot Sydney Rodrigues supported the flight in the jump seat, and flight test engineer Gustavo Monteiro monitored the aircraft performance at the test cons​ole.

The flight test lasted over two hours and included testing many of the Legacy 500’s flying capabilities, most importantly the full fly-by-wire technology. The Legacy 500 performed brilliantly.

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

Here are some of the report’s highlights. According to Fred George:

  • "Apart from measures of range and price, Legacy 500 actually steps up to the super-midsize class..."

  • "Embraer's approach to FBW is elegant in its simplicity, providing carefree handling characteristics to minimize workload..."

  • "...With the Legacy 500 and 450, Embraer will set the standards of capability, affordability, comfort and reliability..."

Read the full Legacy 500 Pilot Report and the Legacy 500 Review.

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

As of the Legacy 500 test flight, he has flown 176 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 jet charter pilot. He also is 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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