The Embraer Legacy 500 is the first midsized business jet with intelligent flight controls and full fly-by-wire technology. This technology, which replaces mechanical controls in the flight control system (FCS), enables more control surfaces to be actuated simultaneously, leading to smoother flights, reduced pilot workloads, and increased safety.
Embraer used MATLAB® and Simulink® to speed up the development and validation of well-defined low-level requirements for the Legacy 500 FCS, and to increase requirement quality.
“With Simulink we could prototype several solutions rapidly, test them all, and then pick the best one,” says Rodrigo Fontes Souto, product development engineer at Embraer. “As a result, the supplier who implemented the FCS reported significantly fewer issues. With fewer issues to resolve, we have more time to work on new features, and we can deliver a more mature product on time and at lower cost.”