Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has a corporate culture that emphasizes giving back, and some 1,600 graduates of its Colégio Embraer Juarez Wanderley, in São Jose dos Campos, are evidence that the industry–and the company–benefit from the effort. With that in mind, the company is opening its second school, in Botucatu.
According to Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, certification of its Phenom 100 very light jet is expected next month, “hopefully” in time for a formal ceremony at the NBAA Convention, to be held October 6 to 8 in Orlando, Fla. What little work that remains includes paperwork validating the software that controls the Eaton flap actuators and certification of seats from new suppliers.
Embraer plans to begin serial production of the Phenom 100 very light jet next month at its plant in Botucatu, Brazil. According to facility managing director Almir Borges, the Botucatu plant will be turning out six Phenom 100s a month by year-end, and when it meets maximum production capacity late next year the rate is expected to reach 17 airplanes a month.
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.