British air-taxi operator startup FlairJet yesterday announced plans to enter service next May with a pair of Embraer Phenom 100s. It will lease the very light jets from an undisclosed Embraer customer in Europe that has 10 Phenom 100s on order. FlairJet has placed an order for one Phenom 100, as well as an option for another, and is due to receive this airplane in 2012. It has an option to lease further Phenom 100s beginning in 2010.
Embraer’s second Phenom 300 joined the flight-test program just a few days before making its first public show appearance at LABACE. The airplane made its first flight at the Brazilian manufacturer’s Gavião Peixoto facility. The third and fourth flight-test articles are in the assembly and pre-assembly stages. Certification is expected late next year, with deliveries to begin shortly thereafter.
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.
Embraer achieved two milestones on April 29, the first flight of the Phenom 300 light jet and the first time any airplane has made a first flight from Embraer’s private Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport in Brazil. The Phenom 300 first flight was about three months ahead of schedule, according to Henrique Langenegger, vice president of programs, executive jets. At the controls were Capt.
Embraer’s Phenom 300 light jet flew for the first time yesterday, months ahead of its planned mid-year first flight schedule, lifting off from the 16,295-foot runway at Embraer’s private Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport in Brazil for a one-hour, 22-minute flight.
The second Phenom 100 VLJ took flight yesterday, departing from Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Captains Marcio Brisolla Jordão and Antonio Bragança Silva were at the controls, assisted by flight engineer Carlos Roberto Silveira Filho. Phenom 100 number two, equipped with full flight-test instrumentation, is slated for systems testing, in-flight thrust determination and flutter testing.
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.
Embraer has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction in its Simfinity training devices, which use the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators. Training will begin in 2009 to coincide with the first projected Phenom 100 delivery in Europe.
Cessna and Eclipse are about to feel some Brazilian heat. The first Phenom 100 very light jet being assembled at manufacturer Embraer’s São José dos Campos factory is scheduled for its first flight next month.
As the first three Phenom 100s slated for the certification program are being completed at the main São José dos Campos plant, Embraer is putting into place a multi-site production strategy for the Phenom program.
Embraer has named Elliott Aviation an authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and 300. The agreement includes routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled airframe, engine, avionics and other systems maintenance and repairs. The company has facilities in Moline, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Omaha, Neb.