– Embraer smoothly performed the first Phenom 100 executive jet wing-fuselage mating in late March, at its main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil. With this landmark event, the Phenom 100 program continues its firm progress.
Both the wing and the fuselage – assembled at the Botucatu plant – arrived at Embraer’s main facility and are undergoing systems integration. The anemometric, oxygen and hydraulic systems have already been installed, as well as the main landing gear. The first Phenom 100 jet is being equipped with flight test instrumentation.
“The Phenom 100 program makes firm and steady progress,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer’s Executive Vice-President, Executive Jets. “This achievement is a direct reflection of Embraer’s commitment to deliver an outstanding and revolutionary executive aircraft.”
The Phenom 100 development team, comprised of engineering, manufacturing planning, production, and quality assurance, has extensively used collaborative tools, such as CATIA V5 and a Virtual Reality Center, for digital design and manufacturing. Virtual production simulations ensured the precision and success of the first Phenom 100 wing-fuselage mating.
Embraer has adopted a multi-site strategy for the Phenom programs by expanding the Botucatu plant for pre-assembly and the Gavião Peixoto plant for final assembly. The first three Phenom 100s are being completed at the São José dos Campos plant.
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