The Embraer Legacy and 500 is a super midsize jet developed and manufactured by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. Along with the smaller Legacy 450, the Legacy 500 was initially announced in 2007 as concept aircraft to fill a market gap between Embraer’s Phenom 300 light jet and their Legacy 600/650 heavy jets.
Development on the Legacy 450 and 500 program commenced in early 2008 with introduction of both models planned for between 2012 and 2013.
Cited by many as the world’s most advanced private aircraft, the Legacy 450 and 500 share many common design features with the greatest difference being the fuselage length increase of 4 feet (122 inches) on the Legacy 500. Both Legacy 450 and 500 models feature a flat floor stand-up cabin with typical cabin capacities for seven and eight passengers respectively.
Powered by two Honeywell HTF7500E turbofan engines, the 500 has great short field performance, allowing access to more airports worldwide. Its short field capabilities allowed the smaller Embraer Legacy 450 to become the first midsize jet to be approved to operate into La Mole Airport, St. Tropez after meeting strict performance requirements demonstrated during flight tests conducted in April 2016.