Last year at EAA AirVenture Embraer announced the first flight of its Phenom 100 very light jet. While it wasn’t able to announce type certification at this year’s show in Oshkosh, Wis., the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer did say yesterday that the twinjet is nearing the finish line. So far, four flight-test Phenom 100s have logged more than 1,000 flight hours in the certification and maturity campaigns.
Embraer’s plan to increase its business jet portfolio from the 16-seat Legacy 600, its only executive jet in service, to six business jets by 2013 continues apace with the expected delivery of Phenom 100 very light jets and Lineage 1000 bizliners later this year, the company said during a pre-Farnborough Air Show briefing held in Paris.
Central U.S. regional fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) last week signed an agreement to acquire 18 Embraer Phenom 100 delivery slots from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair, which offers shares in Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops. EAS also has an option to buy Avantair’s two remaining Phenom 100 positions. The move ends Avantair’s plans for the 20 very light jets, which the company ordered in October 2006.
Embraer’s plan to increase its business jet portfolio from the 16-seat Legacy 600, currently its only executive jet in service, to six business jets by 2013 continues apace with the expected delivery of Phenom 100 very light jets and Lineage 1000 bizliners later this year, the company said during a pre-Farnborough Air Show briefing in Paris.
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.
The Phenom 300 made its first flight on April 29, months ahead of Embraer’s previously announced schedule. Capt. John Sevalho Corção and chief pilot Eduardo Alves Menini were at the controls of Phenom 300 S/N 99801, accompanied by flight-test engineer Jens Peter Theodor Geiger Wentz. The crew logged one hour and 22 minutes during the first flight and explored 99801’s flight characteristics and systems operation.
Embraer has taken a new firm order for a pair of Phenom 300s from Executive AirShare, effectively doubling the number of airplanes on firm order from the Kansas City, Missouri-based fractional ownership company. Executive AirShare also holds options on another four of the type, as well as firm orders for 10 Phenom 100s along with options on another 10. The company expects to start taking deliveries in 2010.
The first Phenom 300 was rolled out on April 12 and should fly this month or next, at the latest. The $6.65 million Phenom 300 is expected to enter into service during the second half of next year. Phenom buyers are expected to be interested in moving up to the just-launched MLJ and MSJ.
Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet is speeding toward its scheduled mid-year certification. The fourth Phenom 100 took flight on March 26 and will add to the 530 hours the first three jets in the program have logged. Planned testing for number four includes an intense flight schedule to simulate “real operating conditions, including exposure to extreme heat and cold weather,” according to Embraer.
Embraer’s Phenom 300 light jet flew for the first time yesterday, months ahead of its planned mid-year first flight schedule, lifting off from the 16,295-foot runway at Embraer’s private Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport in Brazil for a one-hour, 22-minute flight.