Embraer has completed a new revision of the Legacy 600 business jet’s maintenance planning guide. The Brazilian-based manufacturer expects this change to yield cost cuts of up to 18 percent. This is mainly due to extended intervals between some maintenance tasks. Since the guide’s first edition was issued in 2001, the man-hour to flight-hour ratio has dropped by 50 percent to the current rate of 0.65, Embraer said here.
Embraer Phenom 100
Two years after it announced the launch of its Phenom 100 very light jet program (at EBACE 2005), Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer celebrated the rollout of the first aircraft on June 16 at the company’s São Jose dos Campos headquarters. Following rollout, the production-conforming twinjet went to the paint shop, and from there to begin ground tests in preparation for first flight next month.
Brazilian airframer Embraer last month announced slightly improved first-quarter revenue (Brazil’s fiscal calendar mirrors the yearly calendar) over the same period last year, though reduced deliveries and continued supply-chain issues resulted in a net profit decrease for the company. Net revenue for the first quarter was up 4.3 percent, to $843.4 million, compared with $808.3 million a year ago.
Embraer has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction in its Simfinity training devices, which use the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators. Training will begin in 2009 to coincide with the first projected Phenom 100 delivery in Europe.
Embraer, which is having a good sales week at EBACE with orders for 11 aircraft announced thus far, has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction using Simfinity training devices, which operate on the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators.
At the Embraer booth (No. 7510) yesterday, fractional operator Executive AirShare announced an order for seven Phenom 100 very light jets (VLJs) for delivery in the summer of 2010, with options for seven more. Embraer also revealed that Premier Aviation signed a contract at EBACE for four Phenom 100s that were already included in the Phenom backlog.
Eurocontrol plans to launch a so-called Very Light Jet Integration Platform (VIP) to discuss issues relating to the introduction of the new generation of business/personal aircraft. But is the European air traffic management agency overestimating the potential impact VLJs will have on the crowded European airspace or are the concerns warranted?
Brazilian airframer Embraer this morning announced slightly improved first-quarter revenue over the same period last year, though reduced deliveries and continued supply chain issues resulted in a net profit decrease for the company. Net revenue for the first quarter was up 4.3 percent, to $843.4 million, compared to $808.3 million a year ago. Increased production costs ate into profit, which fell from $231.9 million to $216.3 million.
Of more than 30 new business jet designs now in various stages of development, no fewer than seven are very light jet (VLJ) projects represented here at the
European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
Nearly all of these projects are clean-sheet designs, typically absorbing more money and time than variants of existing designs and demonstrating the faith aircraft manufacturers have in this prospective new market.
JetBird, the planned low-cost air charter service, caused quite a stir at the 2006 EBACE exhibition when it ordered 50 of Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jets and optioned another 50. Speaking exclusively to EBACE Convention News before this year’s show, JetBird managing director Paul Gearney confirmed that the order still stands and that the operator expects to begin flying in April 2009.