Phenom 100 Wins Brazilian Certification, FAA OK Pending
Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet today received type certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviaçao Civil (ANAC) and FAA approval is expected by the end of the week, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said. EASA certification remains on track for early in the second quarter of next year. The approval granted this morning, which includes flight into known icing, comes a little more than three years after the program launch and 18 months after the first flight. Along with news of certification, Embraer also noted that the four-passenger twinjet has met or exceeded all performance expectations, including a 390-knot max cruise speed, 1,178-nm range and shorter than previously announced takeoff and landing field lengths. While the price for now remains at $2.98 million, it will jump to $3.6 million next month. Embraer has declined to break out specific numbers, but it claims combined firm orders for about 850 Phenom 100s and Phenom 300s. The company expects to deliver as many as 12 Phenom 100s before the end of this month and expects production in Botucagu will ramp up to 17 aircraft a month next year. A Phenom final assembly facility in Melbourne, Fla., is expected to come online in 2010, boosting production rates even higher.