- Embraer reports that the first Phenom 100 fuselage and wing have been completed at the Company’s Botucatu plant, in outstate São Paulo. The aircraft is now at the São José dos Campos facility for wing-fuselage mating and final assembly. The two PW617 Pratt & Whitney Canada engines, to be installed in April, have also been received by Embraer.
“We are thrilled to announce yet another key milestone in the Phenom 100 program,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice-President, Executive Jets. “The advanced technology applied to the Phenom 100 product design and manufacturing has enabled a smooth assembly of the fuselage and wings, and we have already begun the production of the second aircraft.”
The design and production planning of the Phenom jets are entirely digital. The manufacturing of all primary parts was simulated via a digital manufacturing and virtual numeric-control software. After simulation, the main structures of the first Phenom 100 were built with an automated riveting machine. With the advance of the final assembly of the first jet, the main fuselage sections and structures of the second Phenom 100 aircraft have begun the initial assembly process.
As part of the industrial plan for the Phenom programs, Embraer is upgrading two of its plants. The Botucatu facilities are being expanded by 95,800 square feet (8,900 square meters) and reconfigured to incorporate the sub-assembly lines of the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300. A new facility is now under construction at the Gavião Peixoto plant. The 128,800-square-foot (11,970 square-meter) building will house administrative offices, engineering, receiving and the final assembly line for the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 jets. An additional building for custom painting will be constructed by the end of 2007. Final assembly of the fourth Phenom 100 and beyond will already occur at the Gavião Peixoto facility.
Announced in May 2005, the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 programs are on schedule. The Phenom 100 maiden flight is planned for mid-2007 and entry into service by mid-2008. The Phenom 300 first flight is expected for mid-2008 and deliveries by mid-2009.
About the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300
The Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 jets are best-in-class. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for these jets. Both aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in their categories. The relaxing ambience is enhanced by generous windows and the most ample cabin in their 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 flight characteristics of the two new aircraft will enable single-pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering heritage, the Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 will be built for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability both jets will offer a standard brake-by-wire system with anti-skid capability.
Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the ProdigyTM flight deck offers Phenom jet operators more advantages than any other avionics suite on today’s market. The pilot-friendly 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- alert systems data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high-definition displays.
The Phenom 100 will comfortably accommodate four passengers in a typical club configuration. The generous 55-cubic-foot (1.56-cubic-meter) baggage capacity is big enough to store luggage, golf bags and even skis.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines with 1,615 pounds of thrust each, its range with four occupants will be 1,160 nautical miles (2,148 km or 1,335 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves, 35 minutes, and 100 nm alternate; or 1,320 nautical miles (2,445 km or 1,519 miles) with NBAA VFR reserves, 45 minutes. The Phenom 100 is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 m) with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70 and is designed for short-field takeoff. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from New York (USA) to Miami (USA), from Los Angeles (USA) to Vancouver (Canada) or Denver (USA), and from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), Lisbon (Portugal), Tunis (Tunisia), Sofia (Bulgaria) or Stockholm (Sweden) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
The Phenom 100 is priced at US$ 2.85 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions for FAA certification, and is expected to enter service in mid-2008.
The Phenom 300 jet will be configured to accommodate up to nine occupants. Its large baggage capacity of 76 cubic feet (2.15 cubic meters) will conveniently transport passengers’ luggage, golf bags and skis.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, 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 Phenom 300 is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters) with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78 and is also designed for short-field takeoff. These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow (Russia), from New York (USA) to Denver (USA) or Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and from Los Angeles (USA) to Detroit (USA), Mexico City (Mexico) or Atlanta (USA) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft.
The Phenom 300 is expected to enter service in mid-2009 and is priced at US$ 6.65 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, for FAA certification.
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Note to Editors
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