We Fly Preview: Embraer Praetor 500

Go behind the scenes of our demo of Embraer’s fly-by-wire follow-on to the Legacy 450.

[Courtesy: Embraer]

What does it feel like when they hand you the keys—figuratively speaking—to a $17 million business jet? For me, it was a milestone moment, as Embraer’s Praetor 500 represented the biggest step up in class that I’ve taken in the turbine world. 

I last flew the Embraer Phenom 300E for a FLYING We Fly pilot report in March 2020, and the team at Embraer Executive Jets welcomed me and ensured that—through thorough briefings and a detailed walkaround—that I had a good grasp of the technology the makes the Praetor 500 and 600 a step up in the EMB-550 series. The tech includes the company’s proprietary fly-by-wire flight control system that I just had to fly to see how it felt from the PIC’s perch.

For more details on the Praetor 500, check out the new print issue of FLYING, Q2 2022, available now to subscribers.

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Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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