Melbourne, Florida – Embraer’s Legacy 450 mid-light business jet set speed records on its recent flights between California and Hawaii, according to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The Hawaii trip was a first for both the aircraft and the passengers from Calgary-based AirSprint, which operates Canada’s largest fractional aircraft fleet and was the Canadian launch customer for the Legacy 450. The customer demonstration trip with Embraer crew departed from Oakland, California, to Maui, Hawaii, with two pilots, four passengers and 300 lb (136kg) of baggage, and returned to San Francisco, California.
“We are elated to have flown aboard the Legacy 450 on this record-breaking flight to Hawaii.” said James Elian, president and COO of AirSprint.
The first flight departed from Oakland International Airport (KOAK) on Dec. 5, 2016, at 11:53am (PST), with fuel reserves in excess of those required for NBAA IFR as well as for critical operations. The flight lasted 5 hours and 14 minutes, covering a distance of 2,428 miles (3,907km), recording its longest flight to date. Only 25 minutes into the flight, the aircraft had already reached its planned cruising altitude of 43,000ft.
The aircraft landed at Maui’s Kahului Airport (PHOG) at 3:04pm (HST) with ample fuel reserves of 2,500 lb (1,134kg), having consumed 8,700 lb (3,946kg) of fuel at approximately 243 gallons per hour of flight. The highest speed achieved during this flight was 450kts (518mph or 834 km/h), sustaining average headwinds of 58kts. According to the NAA, the aircraft achieved an average speed of 449.91mph, establishing the speed record for this course.
The return flight from Hawaii began on Dec. 6, at 8:05am (HST), with only three passengers and the same amount of baggage. The flight lasted 4 hours and 27 minutes, covering 2,379 miles (3,829km). The aircraft landed at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) at 2:54pm (PST) with excess fuel reserves of 3,300 lb (1,497kg). The highest speed achieved during this flight was 533kts (613mph or 987 km/h), with average tailwinds of 24kts. The NAA has confirmed that the average speed of 525.89mph attained by the aircraft is a record for this course.
The Legacy 450 has a full range capability of 2,900nm (5,371km) with four passengers and NBAA IFR Reserves, and it can operate at up to Mach 0.83 with an altitude ceiling of 45,000ft.