– Embraer’s Phenom 100 flight test fleet has accrued over 1,000 flight hours in the certification and maturity campaigns. After its announcement in May 2005, the Phenom 100 performed its first flight, in July 2007, and certification is expected in the second semester of 2008. There are currently four test aircraft participating in the certification and maturity campaigns, and the first Phenom 100 aircraft to be delivered to customers this year are already in the sub-assembly production phase.
“As the Phenom test campaigns advance, we are excited to see the growing market acceptance of these jets. By the end of June, close to 800 Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 firm orders had been placed,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “To our further satisfaction, the Phenom jets have been awarded by renowned institutions worldwide, for both the aircraft project and their interior design.”
Several development and certification flight tests have been performed to date, such as low- and high-speed characteristics, stalls, flutter, and natural ice conditions, which will allow the aircraft to be certified for flying into known icing conditions, when it enters service later this year. Crosswind tests were held in Punta Arenas, Chile, earlier this year, and operational tests in high altitude airports were recently concluded in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Systems and performance tests are ongoing, and one test aircraft is currently in the south of Argentina undergoing cold weather tests.
Ground tests included ground vibration, lightning, HIRF (High Intensity Radio Frequency) and cold soak, the latter done last April at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, in Florida, USA. All structural static tests have also been concluded, while the primary structure components made of composite materials have completed both fatigue and static certification tests.
The Phenom jets have received several design awards, such as the IDEA/Brazil design award in 2008, the IF Awards, in Germany, for the best product and interior, in 2006 and 2007, respectively, and the Good Design Awards, in China, for the best design, in 2006. In May 2008, the editors of the U.S. luxury Robb Report magazine chose the Phenom 100 as “the Best of the Best” business jet.
About the Phenom 100
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 100 best-in-class jets. With the interior designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, the aircraft will offer pilots and passengers the comfort and style previously unknown in its category.
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 100 is designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a standard antiskid brake- by-wire system.
Based on Garmin’s all-glass, fully-integrated avionics suite, the Prodigy® 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-alert system data and presents the composite information in brilliant, sunlight-readable color on three high definition displays.
Configured in a typical club configuration, the Phenom 100 will comfortably accommodate four passengers. The generous 55-cubic-foot (1.56-cubic-meter) baggage capacity is big enough to store luggage, golf bags and even skis. Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines, with 1,615 pounds of thrust each, power the jet. Its range with four occupants will be 1,160 nautical miles (2,148 km or 1,335 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding 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), has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70, and is also 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) 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, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification. The aircraft’s maiden flight took place in July 2007, and the jet is currently fulfilling the flight test certification campaign, in order to enter service in the second half of 2008.
Note to Editors
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