In a ceremony at the Gavião Peixoto plant on June 19, Embraer marked three milestones as part of its activities to support the Brazilian air force. The most notable was the first flight of the first A-1 AMX upgraded to A-1M configuration. The A-1M is a refurbished aircraft upgraded with a number of new systems, including Mectron SCP-01 Scipio multimode radar, onboard oxygen generating system and an Elbit avionicssuite that includes a new glass cockpit and the Dash helmet-mounted display. Embraer is modernizing 43 aircraft to the A-1M standard in a program scheduled for completion in 2017.
Christmas came early for Embraer. The Brazilian manufacturer’s first clean-sheet business aircraft, the Phenom 100 light jet, was certified on December 9 by the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil of Brazil and three days later by the FAA, bringing Embraer a step closer to its goal of becoming “a major player” in the business aviation market.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and local leaders joined Embraer executives this morning to break ground on the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s $50 million Phenom 100/300 assembly and completions facility at Melbourne International Airport. “Today’s groundbreaking celebrates a milestone for Embraer by launching its first U.S. assembly plant devoted to the executive jet business,” noted Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado.
According to Melbourne (Fla.) Airport officials, Embraer (Booth No. 5073) is planning a December groundbreaking ceremony for its new $50 million, 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly and completions facility in Melbourne. It is scheduled to be operational in 2010 and will complement Embraer’s Phenom final assembly and completions complex in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil.
Embraer’s second Phenom 300 joined the flight-test program just a few days before making its first public show appearance at LABACE. The airplane made its first flight at the Brazilian manufacturer’s Gavião Peixoto facility. The third and fourth flight-test articles are in the assembly and pre-assembly stages. Certification is expected late next year, with deliveries to begin shortly thereafter.
Embraer’s second Phenom 300 light jet joined the flight-test fleet on Tuesday, making its first flight from the runway at the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s Gavião Peixoto plant. Flying aboard PP-XVJ on its maiden jaunt were pilots Jeirgem Prust and John Sevalho Corção and flight-test engineer Leandro Bigarella. “The Phenom 300 program is steadily moving forward.
Embraer became the second non-U.S. aircraft manufacturer to announce that it will build a business jet final assembly plant in the U.S. when it revealed plans to finish Phenom 100 and 300 construction at a new facility at Melbourne International Airport on Florida’s space coast. Honda–whose Honda Aircraft subsidiary is a new entrant to the aircraft manufacturing arena– was the first to make the move to the U.S.
Embraer achieved two milestones on April 29, the first flight of the Phenom 300 light jet and the first time any airplane has made a first flight from Embraer’s private Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport in Brazil. The Phenom 300 first flight was about three months ahead of schedule, according to Henrique Langenegger, vice president of programs, executive jets. At the controls were Capt.
Luis Carlos Affonso, executive v-p of Embraer Executive Jets added more details to the revelation last week that Embraer plans to open a facility at Florida’s Melbourne International Airport for final assembly and interior completion of the Brazilian manufacturer’s new Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 (see related story on page 6).
In October 2006, the Embraer board of directors authorized expenditure of $100 million on customer support. At the same time, the Brazilian manufacturer announced an expansion of its Executive Jets authorized service network in the U.S. and Europe and said that by mid-2008 its customer support network would comprise seven wholly owned and 38 authorized service centers in all regions of the world.
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