Embraer has begun construction of its second Phenom 100 airframe and is on schedule for planned first flight in the middle of this year and entry-into-service in the middle of next year. The first all-metal Phenom 100 VLJs will be assembled at Embraer’s main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Major structural subassemblies, including fuselage sections and wings, are built using automatic riveting machines at Embraer’s Botucatu facility, and these will eventually be shipped to a new final-assembly plant in Gavião Peixoto. Phenom 100 number four and above will be assembled at the new Gavião Peixoto facility.
Embraer planned to install two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617 engines on the Phenom 100 prototype last month in preparation for the first flight.