– Embraer successfully performed the wing-fuselage mating and installation of the engines of the first Phenom 300 executive jet, last week, at its Gavião Peixoto plant. In addition, the first electrical power-on test was successfully completed on Tuesday, March 4.
“We are excited to see the Phenom 300 program on schedule for a mid-year first flight,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “The size and elegance of the aircraft, with its swept wing for high-speed cruise and long range, will make an impressive ramp presence. It is now becoming apparent how large the cabin is and how generous it is in terms of space and comfort.”
Embraer has adopted a multi-site strategy for the Phenom programs, by expanding the Botucatu plant for preassembly and the Gavião Peixoto plant for final assembly, both located in outstate São Paulo, Brazil.
The Phenom 300 fuselage was assembled at Botucatu and arrived at the new Gavião Peixoto production hangar, where the engines were installed and systems integration began. The one- piece wing was also assembled in Botucatu, and measures 53 feet, 2 inches (16.2 meters) from tip to tip.
The Phenom family development team, formed by engineering, manufacturing planning, production, and quality assurance personnel, has made extensive use of CATIA V5 software and the Virtual Reality Center for digital design and manufacturing. Computer-aided production simulations ensured the precision and success of the first Phenom 300 assembly processes.
About the Phenom 300
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 300 best-in-class jet. With the interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in its categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in its class. Onboard conveniences include a wardrobe or refreshment center, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet, and satellite communications.
The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the new aircraft will enable single- pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, the Phenom 300 is designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a standard anti-skid brake-by-wire system.
Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® flight deck offers Phenom 300 jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The cockpit features three interchangeable 12-inch displays – two Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and one Multi-Function Display (MFD). The system integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, weather, engine instrumentation, and crew-alerting system data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high-definition displays.
With a configuration to accommodate up to nine occupants, the Phenom 300 jet has a huge 76-cubic-foot (2.15-cubic-meter) baggage capacity that will conveniently transport passengers’ luggage, golf bags and skis.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, power this jet. Its range with six occupants will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves, 35 minutes and 100 nm alternate. The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) at a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78 and is also designed for short-field takeoffs. These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow (Russia); and from Geneva (Switzerland) to the same destinations, plus the Canary Islands, at a lower cost than competitive aircraft.
Expected to enter service in the second half of 2009, the Phenom 300 is priced at US$ 6.65 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification.
Note to Editors
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