Usually a company finds a niche and sticks with it. Not Embraer. After the huge success of their 146 jetliner, they still wanted to branch out into the corporate jet market. The Legacy 600 is Embraer’s first attempt business jet but it doesn’t show. Certified in 1999, the highly successful Legacy 600 continues to be manufactured today. At the end of 2008, the running total was 154. Now the Legacy series, although still in development, is highly anticipated and promises the most up-to-date technology yet. The Legacy 600 is unmatched in its class in performance, operation and interior size to name just a few.
Passengers: 13 (default)
Lavatory: Full Enclosed
Maximum Speed: 872 km/h
Maximum Altitude: 41,000 ft.
Range: 3,450nm (default)
Cabin Size: 6’9” (width) x 42’4” (length) x 6’ (height)
Baggage Capacity: 286 cu. ft. (default)
The Legacy 600’s cabin stands out above the rest. It is completely tailored with the business world in mind. It is first and only comparable jet with three separate cabin zones to increase productivity on the road, so to speak. Executives can stay connected with high-speed internet, Wi-Fi, a three-line phone system and power outlets, all on-board. Its cabin size surpasses all jets in its class, measuring 1,413 cubic feet. The 600 is normally configured for 13 passengers in four standard seating arrangements.
For optimal comfort and enjoyment, cabin amenities include two 17-inch flat screen monitors, DVD players with individual controls and posh seats that fully recline. Twenty-two large windows and full LED lighting makes the cabin feel exceptionally spacious. A roomy, private lavatory is aft, while a second is optional (forward-positioned). The galley is in a class of its own, including a cutting board, three electrical outlets, a microwave or convection oven, and a long list of optional appliances: refrigerator, wine chiller, larger or second over, or oven/microwave combo. If that’s not enough, the 600 outdoes its competitors again in baggage space, housing 240 cubic feet of flight-accessible storage.
Pilots will enjoy the Legacy 600’s cockpit, the largest in its class. Since Embraer’s goal with the Legacy series is to bring the latest, most innovative technology to aviation, the cockpit is efficient and advanced. Equipped with a Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite, the 600 offers the complete list of quality avionics standard. The system reduces pilot’s workload and stress. The 600 is ready to fly within 10 minutes and requires no upgrades for intercontinental flights.
Embraer chose two Rolls Royce AE3007A1E high-bypass turbofan, dual FADEC engines for the Legacy 600. Each is rated at 7,987 lbs. of thrust. This allows the 600 to travel 3,250 nautical miles at Mach .74 carrying 8 passengers. It has a high-speed cruise of 455 knots and a flight ceiling of 41,000 feet.