São José dos Campos, July 18, 2006
– Embraer announced today that the first run of the Phenom 100’s PW617F engine was performed at Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) on June 29, 2006. The engine run demonstrates overall system functionality and verifies engine performance and operability.“This milestone is a big step toward the first flight of the first Phenom 100 in mid-2007,”
said Hermann Ponte e Silva, Embraer Vice-President, Programs - Executive Jets. “We are very pleased with the partnership we have developed with Pratt & Whitney Canada for the Phenom jets.”
The Phenom 100’s PW617F turbine engine has now entered into an extensive qualification test program, from individual component rig testing to complete in-flight performance demonstrations leading to engine certification in the fourth quarter 2007.
The Phenom 100 program is steadily advancing for deliveries to begin in mid-2008. In early 2006, Embraer held advisory board meetings for the Man-Machine Interface and completed the Joint Definition Phase of the program. The Phenom 100 program is now in its detailed design and certification phase. The first flight of the Phenom 100 is scheduled for mid-2007.About the PW617F
The PW617F leverages the extensive testing already accumulated by the PW600 family, with more than 13,000 of total running time, including 8,000 hours of flight testing.
The PW617F engine, featuring a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC), is part of the Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW600 engine family, which offers a step change in performance, cost and durability. Designed with a 50 percent reduction in parts count, the PW617F incorporates the latest technologies while offering optimum value to the operators.
The PW617F incorporates a number of innovations, including a compressor with a P&WC-patented gas path and mixed-flow rotor with significantly fewer parts compared to engines achieving similar pressure ratios. Similarly, advancements in the combustion system will ensure best in class environmental friendliness; both in the form of low noise and low emissions.The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 Jets
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 unseen 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 satellite communications.
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 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 upon 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 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-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.
It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW617F engines with 1,615 pounds of thrust each. Its range, with four occupants onboard and maximum operating speed of Mach 0.70, 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 airplane is designed for short field
takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 41,000 feet (12,497 m). 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$ 2.85 million in 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.
It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW535E engines with 3,200 pounds of thrust each. Its range, with six occupants onboard and maximum operating speed of Mach 0.78, will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves, 35 minutes and 100 nm alternate. The airplane is also designed for short field takeoff performance and is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). These capabilities will permit customers to fly nonstop from London (UK) to Reykjavik (Iceland), the Azores, Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel) or Moscow (Russia) 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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Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s leading manufacturer of Commercial jets up to 110 seats with 36 years of experience in designing, developing, manufacturing, selling and providing after sales support to aircraft for the global Airline, Executive, and Defense and Government markets. With headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, the Company has offices and customer service bases in the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. Embraer is among Brazil’s leading exporting companies. As of June 30, 2006, Embraer had a total workforce of 17,538 people, and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 10.2 billion.
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