Embraer has selected Sennheiser to provide its HMEC 26 active noise-reduction headsets for the Phenom 100 and 300, Lineage 1000 and E170 through E195 airliners.
Embraer Phenom 100
The business aviation industry, as well as the associated companies, grow when confidence is high and retract when it’s low. As the economy slogs along for the third year in a row, with matching weak confidence, the time is now for the business aircraft manufacturers to announce bold plans for new models at the 2011 NBAA Convention next week in Las Vegas.
Work is progressing on the prototype of Embraer’s new midsize Legacy 500, and the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer says it is on schedule to fly the $18.4 million twinjet by year-end. The first aircraft will be receiving its wings “imminently,” according to the company, and the three fuselage sections on the second prototype were mated at the end of last month at Embraer’s plant in São José dos Campos.
Embraer has named West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill. facility an authorized service Center for the Phenom 100 and 300; the MRO’s St. Louis (SUS) facility is also included in the appointment. The company has a history with Embraer that dates back to the Phenom 100’s launch.
The first six months of the year proved disheartening for those who hoped for an uptick in aircraft deliveries. According to first-half numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), total industry billings were down 22.3 percent compared with the first half of last year, to $7.3 billion, from $9.4 billion, while total shipments were off 15.5 percent in that span.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo last month marked the dawn of fractional jet ownership in Brazil, with two companies launching programs.
In times of heightened security, aircraft locks can be problematic. “The standard locks on many aircraft are surprisingly easy to open with only a similarly shaped key. Most operators want something more secure,” said Jim Jetton, president of Aircraft Security & Alert Systems, manufacturer of a line of custom-designed Medeco locks for aircraft.
Embraer released its second-quarter 2011 results in late July, and while the Brazilian OEM recognized an executive jet market that is “showing early stages of recovery” and announced “important sales in recent months,” delivery numbers left something to be desired. Overall, including its commercial aircraft division, Embraer had good news, with second-quarter net revenue of $1.358 billion compared with $1.35 billion for that period in 2010.
Flight Options entered into a three-year, $167 million financing agreement with Brazil’s Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) to finance the fractional jet provider’s order for up to 150 Embraer Phenom 300 light jets. In December 2007, Flight Options placed a firm order for 100 Phenom 300s and options on 50 more.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Embraer announced yesterday that it delivered 48 regional and executive jets in the second quarter, down 21 aircraft from the same period last year. Shipments of 23 executive jets in the quarter–10 Phenom 100s, 10 Phenom 300s and three Legacy 600/650s–paled in comparison to the 40 delivered in the same period last year. The drop off is attributable directly to fewer Phenom 100 deliveries.