Christmas came early for Embraer. The Brazilian manufacturer’s first clean-sheet business aircraft, the Phenom 100 light jet, was certified on December 9 by the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil of Brazil and three days later by the FAA, bringing Embraer a step closer to its goal of becoming “a major player” in the business aviation market.
Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet today received type certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviaçao Civil (ANAC) and FAA approval is expected by the end of the week, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said. EASA certification remains on track for early in the second quarter of next year.
The first Embraer Phenom 100 customers have received their type ratings in the very light jet after completing training with Embraer CAE Training Services at Alliance Airport, in Fort Worth, Texas. James Frost, a real estate and mineral executive, was the first Phenom 100 customer authorized to fly the aircraft, and his wife, Elizabeth, became the first woman to obtain a Phenom 100 type rating.
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Two joint ventures of simulator manufacturer CAE (Stand No. 530) made key announcements in the run-up to this week’s MEBA show. First, initial customers for Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet have passed the FAA practical test at the Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) facility at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. Second, Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) of Dubai announced two offshore helicopter contracts.
Fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) has acquired Fort Worth, Texas-based FSJet, which has an order for 14 Embraer Phenom 100s. Some of these very light jets have been pre-sold and will be managed by Executive Flight Services, which also was recently bought by EAS. The unsold aircraft will be placed in EAS’s fractional ownership program or sold outright and managed by Executive Flight Services.
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Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture of Brazilian OEM Embraer and Canadian simulator training services provider CAE, launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet, to be based at the CAE training facility in Dallas. While the announcement at NBAA’08 marked the official launch, technical training actually began in August and pilot training in September.
The FAA and Transport Canada have granted type certification to the latest version of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW600 family, the PW617F that powers Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet. The fadec-controlled PW617F delivers 1,615 pounds of thrust. The Phenom 100 is expected to receive FAA certification shortly, in time for deliveries to begin before the end of the year.
Embraer CAE Training Services, a joint venture of Brazilian OEM Embraer (Booth No. 5073) and Canadian simulator training services provider CAE (Booth No. 5146), has launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 entry-level jet at the CAE training facility in Dallas.While the announcement at NBAA marked the official launch, technical training actually began in August and pilot training in September.