Embraer, nearing certification for its Legacy 650 jet this year, took a step forward on two other development programs with the recent cut of first metal for its “midlight” Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 business jets. The initial manufactured part (a section of the forward fuselage) belongs to the first Legacy 500 prototype, which is scheduled to make its initial flight in the second half of 2011. The main structure of the nine-passenger Legacy 450 and 12-passenger Legacy 500 will be ...


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