Legacy 450 Business Jet, Brazil
Legacy 450 is a mid-light business jet being developed by Embraer Executive Jets. The aircraft was launched along with the Legacy 500 business jet at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in May 2008.
The mock-up of the Legacy 450 was displayed at the National Business Aviation Association Convention in Orlando in October 2012. The aircraft is expected to enter into service by 2014. The certification for the aircraft is expected to be completed by late 2014.
Design of the Legacy 450 business jet
The Legacy 450 is designed to offer superior comfort and excellent performance at low operating costs. It has a length of 19.15m, height of 6.74m and a wingspan of 20.25m.
The aircraft are being produced at Embraer's plant located in São Paulo, Brazil. The metallic composite structures of the aircraft and horizontal stabilisers are being built at Embraer's Evora facility located in Italy.
Flight deck and avionics of the Embraer's aircraft
The Legacy 450 features the Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck avionics suite developed by Rockwell Collins. High-speed computers and side-stick control fitted to the flight deck provide pilots the advantage of effortless response, greater control and increased cockpit comfort.
The flight deck avionics include four 15.1in high-resolution displays, synthetic vision system (SVS) and head-up guidance system (HGS). The aircraft features full fly-by-wire flight controls and advanced surveillance and safety of flight technology, with enhanced situational awareness.
Legacy 450 business jet cabin
The cabin of the aircraft has seating for seven to nine passengers. It was designed in association with BMW Designworks USA. It features a 1.82m stand-up cabin with a flat floor.
The cabin has a width of 2.08m, length of 6.83m and a volume of 20.4m³. All the seats in the cabin feature recline and swivel options. The centre club seats of the cabin can be used as full berths. The aircraft features spacious windows aptly located next to the seats.
The cabin facilities include an internal baggage compartment with a space of about 40ft³. The aircraft also has an external main baggage compartment with a volume of 110ft³.
Light business jet engine and performance
The legacy 450 aircraft is powered by two HTF7500E engines manufactured by Honeywell. The two engines generate about 6,080lb of maximum thrust each. The engines feature Fluidlastic mounts developed by LORD Corporation. The first engine test was completed in August 2010. The critical design review (CDR) for the engine mount solution of the aircraft was completed in October 2011.
The aircraft can cruise at a speed of 893km/h. The service ceiling of the aircraft is 14,000m. The maximum range is 2,300nm (4,260km). The takeoff distance of the aircraft is 1,524m, while the landing distance is 609.6m. The takeoff weight of the aircraft is 17,690kg.
Legacy 450 contractors and suppliers
In September 2008, Meggitt Fluid Controls was awarded with a contract to provide pneumatic bleed air system for Legacy 450 aircraft. Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems was also awarded with a contract during the same year to deliver the wheel, carbon brake and brake control systems for the aircraft.
PPG Aerospace was awarded with a $38m contract to manufacture cockpit windows for the Legacy 450 aircraft in May 2009. The windshields are being produced at PPG's Huntsville aircraft products facility. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics was awarded with a contract to provide nose radomes for Legacy 450 aircraft in October 2009.
In May 2010, Hartzell Aerospace was awarded with a $50m worth contract for the design, testing and supply of low pressure ducting system for the aircraft.
BAE Systems was awarded with a contract to supply flight control computers for the aircraft in October 2010.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics was awarded with a contract to provide landing gear and hydraulic control units for the Legacy 450 aircraft in March 2011.
The Legacy 500 is a medium size business jet being developed by Embraer, a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.
Legacy 650 is a large business jet developed by Embraer. Following completion of its maiden flight in September 2009, the aircraft entered into service in late 2010.