The FAA on Friday issued a request for comments on special conditions that would apply to Embraer’s Phenom 100 VLJ to cover “novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with aft-mounted engine fire protection.” In the request, the FAA included information about the Phenom 100’s maximum takeoff weight, one of the specifications for the jet that Embraer has not revealed publicly thus far.
JetBird, Europe’s planned new low-cost charter service, has raised €21 million ($31 million) in fresh capital through an oversubscribed private placement of equity to new and existing shareholders. The placement values the company at €101 million ($150 million) as it prepares to receive the first of 50 Embraer Phenom 100 very light jets in time to start operations in April 2009.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter shipment and billings report, showing good news for business aviation OEMs that already have record backlogs. As the industry adapts to a market where for the first time, more aircraft orders come from outside the U.S.
Embraer and Montreal-based training provider CAE announced a joint venture to provide pilot and maintenance training for the Brazilian airframer’s new Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. According to the agreement, CAE will begin initial training for pilots and technicians at its Dallas facility in the third quarter of next year, and at its Burgess Hill, UK center starting in early 2009.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has selected E-A-R Specialty Composites as its partner in developing the cabin thermal/ acoustic package for its new Lineage 1000 bizliner. According to Brian Joyal, business development manager for the Indianapolis-based company, the customized package will incorporate new materials and new technology.
The second Phenom 100 VLJ took flight yesterday, departing from Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Captains Marcio Brisolla Jordão and Antonio Bragança Silva were at the controls, assisted by flight engineer Carlos Roberto Silveira Filho. Phenom 100 number two, equipped with full flight-test instrumentation, is slated for systems testing, in-flight thrust determination and flutter testing.
Embraer has made moves to plug gaps in its young but growing lineup of corporate aircraft, announcing at last month’s NBAA Convention two new concept jets positioned between the Phenom 300 and Legacy 600. Although the company did not officially launch the two programs, it unveiled artist’s renderings of its new midsize jet (MSJ) and midlight jet (MLJ), along with a full-size cabin mock-up of the MSJ.
Embraer booked more orders here yesterday. Executive AirShare of Kansas City, Mo., has added to an order it placed in May, signing for an additional three Phenom 100s (with options on three more) and two Phenom 300s (with options on two more). The order in May was for seven Phenom 100s and options on seven more.
The total value of the new agreement is $22.24 million and could double if all options are exercised.
Luis Carlos Affonso is an aeronautical engineer and private pilot, the product of a Brazilian engineering education and a man for whom a life at Embraer is as much a calling as a profession. After 22 years with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, he stepped into the position of vice president of Embraer Executive Aviation in the spring of 2005 with the blessing of then president and CEO Mauricio Botelho.
Embraer’s first Phenom 100 lands at the company’s main facilities at São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, following a certification test flight on August 6. The aircraft made its first flight on July 26, and certification is expected in the second quarter of next year.