Embraer Phenom 100 Certification Expected Next Month
According to Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, certification of its Phenom 100 very light jet is expected next month, “hopefully” in time for a formal ceremony at the NBAA Convention, to be held October 6 to 8 in Orlando, Fla. What little work that remains includes paperwork validating the software that controls the Eaton flap actuators and certification of seats from new suppliers. Five months ago, Embraer determined that the original provider would not be able to meet delivery schedules and switched to Goodrich for the pilot seats and DeCrane Aerospace for the passenger seats. According to Cláudio Galdo Camelier, v-p of market intelligence for Embraer Executive Jets, the program is nevertheless on track for a first customer delivery in early November. With the pre-assembly plant at Botucatu, Brazil, already ramping up production, Embraer anticipates delivery of 10 to 15 “entry level” Phenom 100s by year-end. At the same time, flight tests are continuing on the larger Phenom 300, which is slated for mid-2009 certification. Camelier believes deliveries of the Phenom 100 and 300 could go as high as 150 aircraft next year. The combined order book, he said, consists of more than 800 airplanes, two-thirds of which are Phenom 100s.