- August 7, 2008, 12:48 PM
Embraer’s second Phenom 300 light jet joined the flight-test fleet on Tuesday, making its first flight from the runway at the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s Gavião Peixoto plant. Flying aboard PP-XVJ on its maiden jaunt were pilots Jeirgem Prust and John Sevalho Corção and flight-test engineer Leandro Bigarella. “The Phenom 300 program is steadily moving forward. The first and the second aircraft are key pieces for the certification campaign,” said Embraer vice president of executive jet programs Henrique Langenegger. Phenom 300 S/N 001, which first flew in late April, successfully concluded ground vibration tests in early June and is currently undergoing performance checks to define the final aerodynamic configuration, according to the company. Meanwhile, Embraer said the third and fourth flight-test Phenom 300s are in the assembly and pre-assembly stages, respectively. In all, four flight-test aircraft will take part in the Phenom 300’s certification and maturity campaigns. S/Ns 001 and 002 are equipped with complete test instrumentation, while the third and fourth test aircraft will be outfitted with full interiors. Two other aircraft will be produced for the required static and fatigue ground tests. The first customer Phenom 300 is expected to enter service late next year.