São José dos Campos, October 18, 2010
– Embraer has certified a new Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and a Traffic Awareness and Warning System (TAWS) for its entry level Phenom 100 executive jet. These systems are now standard options for Phenom 100 customers. TCAS II will be supplied by Aviation Communications and Surveillance Systems (ACSS), and TAWS A by Garmin.
TCAS is an airborne system that operates independently from ground-based Air Traffic Control (ATC). It was designed to increase cockpit awareness of approaching aircraft, and to serve as a “last line of defense” to prevent mid-air collisions. TCAS I was developed to accommodate the needs of the general aviation community and regional airlines. This system issues Traffic Advisories (TA) to assist pilots in the visual acquisition of intruder aircraft. TCAS II is a more sophisticated system that provides all of the information of TCAS I, analyzes the projected flight path of approaching aircraft, and issues Resolution Advisories (RA) to the pilot to resolve potential mid-air collisions.
TAWS aims to prevent Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accidents and displays terrain and obstructions relative to the altitude of the airplane. TAWS A is an enhancement to the TAWS B, which was originally available to Phenom 100 customers. TAWS A includes all of the requirements of TAWS B, and adds three alerts – closure rate to terrain, flight into terrain (when not in landing configuration), and downward deviation from an ILS (Instrument Landing System) glide slope – increasing flight safety for aircraft operators.Note to Editors
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2010, Embraer had a workforce of 17,009 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 15.3 billion.
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