– Embraer saw its second Phenom 300 light jet, registration PP-XVJ, take flight last August 5, departing from Embraer’s test runway, the longest in South America, at the Gavião Peixoto plant. The crew consisted of Capt. Jeirgem Prust, Capt. John Sevalho Corção, and flight test engineer Leandro Bigarella. Before its maiden flight, the aircraft was tested for several hours, accomplishing, among others, the electrical power-on check, engine run, and systems integration evaluations.
“The Phenom 300 program is steadily moving forward. The first and the second aircraft are key pieces for the certification campaign,” said Henrique Langenegger, Embraer Vice President, Programs – Executive Jets. “The qualification of our engineering teams, combined with the extensive use of technology, will certainly sustain the program’s firm progress.”
The first Phenom 300, which flew in late April, concluded the Ground Vibration Test (GVT) in early June. Based on those positive results, the aircraft is going through performance checks, in order to define the final aerodynamic configuration. In the meantime, the third and fourth Phenom 300s are in the assembly and pre-assembly stages, respectively.
Four aircraft will comprise the fleet to perform the certification and maturity campaigns of the Phenom 300. The first and second jets will be equipped with complete instrumentation, and the third and fourth test aircraft will be outfitted with the interior designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Two other aircraft will be produced for the required structural ground tests (static and fatigue).
About the Phenom 300 jet
Premium comfort, outstanding performance and low operating costs are key design drivers for the Phenom 300 best-in-class jet. 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 and refreshment center, an aft cabin private lavatory with toiletry cabinet, satellite communications, and a modern entertainment system.
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 300 is designed for high utilization and availability. For added safety and reliability, the jet will offer a standard anti-skid brake-by-wire system, with carbon brakes. 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.
With a configuration to accommodate up to ten occupants, the Phenom 300 jet has a huge 76- cubic-foot (2.15-cubic-meter) baggage capacity that will conveniently transport passengers’ luggage, golf bags and skis.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines, with 3,200 pounds of thrust each, power this jet. Its range with six occupants will be 1,800 nautical miles (3,334 km or 2,071 miles) with NBAA IFR reserves (35 minutes of holding and 100 nm alternate). The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), has 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) at a lower cost than competitive aircraft, including turboprops.
Expected to enter service in the second half of 2009, the Phenom 300 was rolled out on April 14, 2008, and took its first flight on April 29. The executive jet is priced at US$ 6.65 million, based on January 2005 economic conditions, in the baseline configuration, for FAA certification.
Note to Editors
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