Stuck in quarantine with cash to spend and an urge to fly? Charter a jet! Even more cash? Buy one! No cash? Then you are probably just a jet geek… just read along! Despite the major downfall in commercial air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the private aviation industry witnessed an unprecedented boom especially among first-time wealthy leisure-seeking private fliers and businesspersons. We will shed light on one of 2020’s best executive jets you may charter or buy to escape commercial airlines and fly safely, comfortably, and privately: The Embraer Legacy 650E.
The Embraer Legacy 650E is a super midsize ultra-long range business jet that has been on the business aviation market since 2017. This “unbeatable workhorse” is an updated version of Embraer’s already successful Legacy 650. Its highly convenient and comfortable design features, excellent performance, and updated avionics allow it to stand out as one of the best aircrafts among its competitors. In addition, it carries the industry’s longest warranty: an unprecedented 10-year or 10’000 flight-hour warranty for systems and components. This robust jet with near perfect dispatch reliability and outstanding operational costs comes at the price tag of USD 25.9 million. Chartering this reliable jet costs approximately USD 5’900 per flight hour.
The Embraer Legacy 650E includes a very spacious cabin (Cabin length: 15.19 m, Cabin width: 2.11 m, Standup height: 1.83 m) with ample space for passengers to move freely and comfortably during long flights. To help reduce the effects of jetlag, this aircraft provides passengers with an acoustically comfortable environment. The relatively low maximum cabin altitude of 1.83 km also helps reduce the effects of jetlag. The spacious cabin features three separate and private cabin zones, with multiple interior configurations to cater to the needs of different types of travelers. Interior configurations include a conference table area, two divans and an optional crew lavatory with vanity in the forward cabin. The tail section of the Embraer 650E includes a spacious lavatory. The nose section of the aircraft includes a best-in-class galley kitchen. To guarantee maximum passenger privacy and comfort, a door separates the cabin from the galley and cockpit.
The Embraer Legacy 650E comfortably seats up to 14 passengers. The jet’s updated upholstery includes fully berthable seats designed with premium genuine leather. It is possible to include sliding chairs and sofas depending on the selected interior configuration. The roomy interior provides space for up to six beds. The jet’s baggage capacity is the largest in its class (8.1 m3). 6.8 m3 of baggage room is thermally controlled and fully pressurized. The remaining 1.3 m3 of baggage room is fully and easily accessible in-flight at all times.
Aboard the Legacy 650E, passengers enjoy full broadband connectivity and worldwide telephone services. The jet is equipped with Honeywell’s distinctive Ovation Select entertainment and cabin management system to cater to the business and leisure needs of all passengers.
The dispatch reliability of the Embraer Legacy 650E is an outstanding 99.5%. Two rear mounted Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engines produce a whopping 80’246 N of thrust (40’123 N each). The jet’s maximum cruising altitude is 12.5 km. The maximum cruising speed, on the other hand, is 440 knots.
The maximum range of this power-horse jet is 3’900 nm (7’223 km) with four passengers and NBAA IFR fuel reserves, allowing it to fly long distances without stopping. The jet can take off in 1.75 km, with a landing distance of 0.715 km. The maximum take-off weight, on the other hand, is 24’300 kg.
The Embraer Legacy 650E’s cockpit is equipped with Honeywell’s latest Primus Elite Advanced Features (PEAF). This advanced and pilot-friendly avionics system enhances automation, improves situational awareness, which ultimately reduces cockpit workload and facilitates pilot operations.
Honeywell’s Primus Elite Advanced avionics system is organized over five LCD displays with Cursor Control Device (CCD). It includes the following features as mentioned in the aircraft’s official brochure:
- Synthetic Vision System(SVS)
- Charts and maps capability
- A data loader 1000 with SD card and USB ports
- XM weather capability (in the US only)
- WAAS/LPV, ADS-B Out
- SmartRunwayTM/SmartLandingTM (RAAS)
- FANS 1/A CPDLC with Datalink Recorder
- Central Maintenance Computer (CMC)
- Dual Inertial Reference System (IRS), CAT I and CAT II autopilot/flight director
- Integrated Stand-by Instruments System (ISIS)
It is safe to say that the Embraer Legacy is a winner in all aspects. The jet’s excellent design, robust performance, advanced avionics, near perfect dispatch reliability and excellent operational costs allow it to earn one of the top spots on the list of 2020’s best executive jets.