– Embraer is currently performing the ground tests for the Phenom 100 very light jet, in preparation for its first flight. Progress is steady as engineering teams confirm the design quality of the aircraft and test the functionalities and integration of its systems.
“The Phenom 100 test campaign has begun and steadily advances,” said Alexandre Figueiredo, Embraer Senior Manager, Phenom Programs. “The ground tests prepare the aircraft for its first flight and provide results for the certification process, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-2008.”
These tests are an integral part of the quality program that focuses on delivering to customers an aircraft with excellent performance and high availability. The first test conducted was the engine run, when the Phenom’s engines were powered up after being mounted on the aircraft. They had already been thoroughly tested at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s facilities in Canada, and flown on its test-bed aircraft.
The Ground Vibration Test (GVT) is being conducted, with the objective of validating the aero-elastic model of the aircraft. During the test, the aircraft is suspended with elastic cables in order to float as if in flight.
Flight controls will be tested for flexibility, validating the primary control systems. The entire circuit of cables and brackets will be tested with a full surface load on the ailerons, rudder and elevator, confirming attrition and deflection conditions and no jamming.
Systems functionality and integration are the object of the main group of ground tests. All systems are evaluated both individually and jointly, confirming the aircraft’s operational capabilities, from taxiing through the first flight. The engines are powered up, in order to generate and distribute electricity to all systems. The gyromagnetic compass, Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) will be verified. System failure simulations will be performed to guarantee the safety of the aircraft during its first flight. Electromagnetic interferences will be applied to the aircraft to ensure accurate systems operation.
Finally, the test crew will perform low and high-speed taxi runs to confirm controllability of the steering, braking and emergency systems on the ground.
The first flight of the Phenom 100 will occur in the near future, upon completion of ground tests.
About the Phenom Jets
The Phenom 100 and the Phenom 300 jets are best-in-class. Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating cost 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 the size of the 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 optional in-flight entertainment systems.
The pilot-friendly cockpit and the docile flying qualities of the two new aircraft will enable single-pilot operation. Drawing from Embraer’s design and engineering experience, 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 anti-skid brake-by-wire system.
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 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.
The Phenom 100 will comfortably accommodate four passengers in a typical club configuration. The generous 55 cubic feet (1.56 cubic meters) total baggage capacity is big enough to store their luggage, golf bags and even skis.
The jet is 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 aircraft is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters) at a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70 and is designed for short-field takeoffs. These characteristics will allow customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), Lisbon (Portugal), Tunis (Tunisia), Sofia (Bulgaria) or Stockholm (Sweden); in the U.S. from New York to Miami; and from Los Angeles to Vancouver or Denver at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
The Phenom 100 is priced at US$ 2.98 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 76 cubic feet (2.15 cubic meters) baggage capacity will conveniently transport passengers’ luggage, golf bags and skis.
The jet is 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 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); from New York to Denver (USA) or Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); and from Los Angeles to Detroit, Atlanta (USA) or Mexico City (Mexico) 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.
More information about Embraer Executive Jets is available at www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
Note to Editors
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