Embraer Legacy 600

Legacy 600 Review

The Embraer Legacy 600 is a super medium sized jet. It houses a big jet attitude with big jet performance in a medium jet body. Embraer decided after the huge success of their model 146 jetliner to branch out into the corporate jet market with a medium sized fully functional executive jet. They hit a home run at their first time up to bat in this market.

The Legacy 600, certified in 1999, is Embraer’s first attempt at designing and producing business jet, but you couldn’t tell by looking at it and flying it. The aircraft has been very successful and it continues to be manufactured today.

This aircraft competes on the upper end of the small to mid-sized range of business jets and is considered a “Super Midsize” aircraft. It has design features to compete with its rival the Canadair Challenger. It can compete with larger business jets in terms of payload comfort and safety.

Embraer has since launched an extensive lineup of business aircraft after its initial success with the Legacy 600, from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000, a very-long-range business jet version of the company’s 100-seat E-190.

The Legacy 600 has the capability to be divided into three distinct cabins. This allows passengers to comfortably travel in different areas of the aircraft doing different things. Some might be interested in enjoying a meal while other passengers might be interested in sitting back to catch up on their reading while vegetating on a comfortable velvet sofa. Others might decide to have a nap stretched out on leather seats with integrated footrests. Passengers can stay connected with high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, a three-line phone system and power outlets, all on-board.

The large size of the luggage compartment is a key advantage that sets the Legacy 600 apart from most of its competition. Baggage is easily accessible from the passenger main cabin and it the storage area is big enough to hold up to fourteen suitcases.

Embraer’s executive sky limousine is unmatched by most others in its class in performance, operation, interior dimensions and passenger amenities. Not a huge aircraft, but everything needed for passenger comfort safety and entertainment has been well thought out.

The 600 normally is configured for 13 passengers in four standard seating arrangements. The passenger cabin is larger than all other jets in its class. It measures 1,413 cubic feet.  Great headroom is provided by a six-foot tall ceiling, which allows plenty of room to stand up and maneuver about the cabin.

Cabin amenities for passenger comfort and entertainment include two 17-inch flat screen monitors, DVD players with individual controls and fully reclining comfortable seats.

There are twenty-two large windows and full LED lighting that gives the cabin an airy, roomy feel.

The galley on the Legacy 600 is world class and includes three electrical outlets, a microwave or convection oven, a cutting board, and a long list of optional appliances: refrigerator, wine chiller, larger or second over, or oven/microwave combo.  These extras can bring the galley up to a level that most inflight chefs would envy. In any kitchen storage space is always a concern. This airplane sports a little over 240 cubic feet of flight-accessible storage area for grub or gear.

Flight performance, not cooking capacity that passengers and corporate operators most often looks for in an aircraft. The Legacy 600 does not disappoint in getting to where it is going quickly and efficiently.

Embraer went with a pair of Rolls Royce AE3007A1E high-bypass, turbofan, dual FADEC engines to propel this aircraft.  The power plants are rated at 7,987 pounds of thrust each under standard conditions.

The performance given by these engines allow the Legacy 600 to travel 3,250 nautical miles at Mach .74 carrying 8 passengers with adequate fuel reserves.  It has the muscle to fly as fast as 455 knots in cruise and has a weather beating maximum altitude of 41,000 feet.


The Flight Deck

A roomy and quiet cockpit is something that all pilots enjoy. This is important to flight crews not only for the comfort factor. Safety is enhanced as well with a rested and comfortable crew. The Legacy 600’s cockpit is the largest in its class and is ergonomically designed.

Embraer’s design goal with the Legacy 600 was to bring the most modern and up to date technology to aviation. Cockpit layout, lighting and equipment is state of the art.

The flight deck comes quipped with a Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics suite and this aircraft offers the complete list of quality avionics as standard equipment.  The avionics suite is very user friendly and reliable.

The 600’s FADEC-controlled Hamilton-Sundstrand auxiliary power unit can be available for use during the entire flight. This not only adds a third electric generator to the mix while flying, the APU makes operations at airports with no support infrastructure possible and easy.  Fueling and servicing accessibility is also designed for ease of use in airports not equipped for handling jets.

The Legacy 600 is relatively inexpensive to operate; its average costs compare well with those of much smaller biz-jets in the midsize class like the Citation line of aircraft, the Hawker 4000, and the Gulfstream 200.

Embraer has done an excellent job with this aircraft and has entered the market with a beautiful business jet.

Legacy 600 Review



  • Range: 3,400 nm (6,297 km) (long range cruise, 4 passengers, 2 crew and NBAA IFR reserves with 200 nm alternate airport. Flight time: 8:23)
  • MMO (Maximum Operating Mach): Mach 0.80
  • Normal Speed Cruise: Mach 0.78
  • Takeoff Distance: 5,614 feet (1,711 m) (MTOW, Sea Level, ISA)
  • Landing Distance: 2,685 feet (818 m) (MLW and NBAA IFR reserves, Sea Level, ISA)
  • Landing Distance: 2,301 feet (701 m) (Landing with 4 passengers @ 200lb (91 kg) each and NBAA IFR reserves, Sea Level, ISA)
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 41,000 feet (12,497 m)

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