– Embraer continues to expand its executive jets portfolio while making firm progress in current aircraft development and the enhancement of its customer support services and network.
“We are very pleased with the consistent progress of our executive jet programs and of our customer support initiatives,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “This is a reflection of our commitment to the vision of introducing innovative and differentiating products and integrated service solutions to the market.”
The recently announced Embraer MSJ and Embraer MLJ programs are moving forward, with over 200 professionals already engaged in the design and engineering of the new jets. Preliminary wind tunnel tests concluded, digital models of the jets created with CATIA V5 software, and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations having been performed. Honeywell will supply the fuel-efficient, emission-reducing HTF7500E engines that will power both aircraft as well as the 36-150 Auxiliary Power Unit. Rockwell Collins will provide its acclaimed state-of-the-art Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. Suppliers for other systems and components are currently under selection.
Certification and maturity campaigns of the Phenom 100 are successfully advancing. The four aircraft used exclusively for testing recently completed flutter, cold soak, and natural ice tests, and are now going through auto-pilot testing. Seven hundred hours have been flown by the test fleet. Entry into service is expected for the second half of this year.
The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets will offer Garmin’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) as an optional item. Garmin’s SVS presents a 3-D depiction of terrain, obstacles and traffic on the Prodigy Flight Deck’s primary flight-displays (PFD), replicating on the avionics panel what pilots would see outside the cockpit on a clear day. The system seamlessly blends information about the aircraft’s position with topographic databases, creating and displaying real-time 3-D images. The information is presented on the large flight displays of the Prodigy Flight Deck (based on Garmin’s G1000 all-glass avionics suite), with superior sunlight readability and wide viewing angles. This equipment provides greater visibility for the pilot and, thus, increases flight safety.
The Phenom 300 is the first light jet to offer the SVS option. The jet took off for the first time on April 29 and is currently undergoing ground vibration tests. The entirely digital development process and the total commitment of the program teams enabled the first flight to occur three months ahead of schedule. First delivery is expected for the second half of 2009.
The new interior of the Legacy 600 jet, announced during EBACE 2007, has been delivered to customers since the beginning of this year. To date, over 130 Legacy 600 jets have been delivered to 23 countries.
At the present time, there are two Lineage 1000, Embraer’s ultra-large executive jet, at PATS Aircraft Completions, a division of DeCrane Aerospace, located in Georgetown, Del., United States, having their interiors installed. The first aircraft will be delivered to a customer during the second half of this year.
The Embraer Le Bourget Executive Jets service center in Paris recently received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 approval for its operation. The facility has been established to exclusively handle the Embraer Executive Jets fleet, joining the existing service center network, which includes OGMA, in Portugal, and four other Embraer authorized service centers in the region. They offer maintenance for the Legacy 600 and will support the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300, as these aircraft enter into service.
Note to Editors
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