Embraer on a Roll with Phenom 300 Program
Embraer rolled out the first Phenom 300 light jet at its Gavião Peixoto plant in São Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, less than three years after the manufacturer announced the twinjet and its smaller sibling, the Phenom 100. “The rollout of the first Phenom 300 is a rewarding achievement, a direct result of the unwavering commitment and relentless drive of our engineering, manufacturing and quality teams,” said Embraer Executive Jets vice president of programs Henrique Langenegger. “More than 400 engineers were commissioned to the Phenom 300 program,” not to mention more than 50 suppliers. The initial Phenom 300, which completed electrical power-on tests last month, is now embarking on a series of ground tests that will lead to first flight, possibly as early as next month. Meanwhile, a second Phenom 300 is in final assembly at Embraer’s Gavião Peixoto plant, where the program’s test campaign will also take place. The $6.65 million (2005 dollars), Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E-powered airplane is expected to enter service in the second half of next year.