Embraer Rolls Out First Phenom 100

 - June 12, 2007, 10:02 AM

Two years after it announced the launch of its Phenom 100 very light jet program (at EBACE 2005), Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer celebrated the rollout of the first aircraft on June 16 at the company’s São Jose dos Campos headquarters. Following rollout, the production-conforming twinjet went to the paint shop, and from there to begin ground tests in preparation for first flight next month. Two more Phenom 100s now under assembly are expected to enter the certification program before the end of the year. According to a spokesman, certification of the $2.85 million VLJ remains on track for the middle of next year. “We are thrilled to see the Phenom 100 become a reality,” said Luis Carlos Affonso, executive v-p of Embraer Executive Jets. Powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines, the airplane is expected to carry four passengers 1,160 nm at a maximum speed of Mach 0.70.