The UK’s Oxford Airport has been granted customs-designated status, allowing it to be used as a point of entry for operators importing aircraft into the European Union. The new designation was first used for the recent delivery of a second Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet to new air taxi firm FlairJet, which is based at the airport.
Embraer Phenom 300
Late yesterday, Embraer simultaneously received the type and production certificates for its Phenom 300 from Brazil’s civil aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). The type approval is for both VFR and IFR operations, as well as flight into known icing conditions. FAA type approval is expected “in the coming weeks,” the São José dos Campos, Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer said.
The first incident involving an Embraer Phenom 100 caused no injuries to the two crewmembers aboard and damage only to the landing gear and flaps when the light jet overran the runway while landing at the Brazilian beach town of Angra dos Reis on October 12. A pilot holding for takeoff said the Phenom approached the runway at above-normal speed. Weather was clear at the time of the incident, but high winds were reported later.
Amid the debris of an international economic slump and financial crisis, Brazilian business jet manufacturer Embraer is just weeks away from certification and initial deliveries of its new Phenom 300 small-cabin light jet.
Embraer began site preparation last month at Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport for a $51 million aircraft assembly and delivery center. A ceremonial ground-breaking was held for the 150,000-sq-ft plant in January, and its design received governmental approvals in May.
Despite the recession, a significant number of new aircraft programs remain largely on track. OEMs such as Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer and Gulfstream all appear to be staying close to their development schedules while Hawker Beechcraft has pushed back the Premier II until 2012 (from 2010). Newcomers Honda and Spectrum appear to have suffered some minor slippage, sending the earliest deliveries of those aircraft into 2011.
This year’s 62nd National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting & Convention (October 20 to 22) probably won’t exceed previous records, but later this month the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will definitely bustle with exhibitors setting up booths, aircraft arriving at nearby airports and thousands of attendees gathering for a week’s worth of learning, sharing and, hopefully, selling.
The August 13 to 15 Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) featured 110 exhibitors, 22 more than in 2008, and more than 60 aircraft in the static display, compared with 48 the previous year, underscoring evidence that the economies in Latin America, and Brazil’s in particular, appear stable and even growing.
With certification of Embraer’s Phenom 300 expected before year-end, Flight Options released more details about its fractional ownership program for the aircraft in June.
Embraer on Tuesday announced that it delivered 56 aircraft during the second quarter, including 35 regional airliners and 21 executive jets. Broken down by model, the executive jet side delivered 15 Phenom 100s (including two to an unidentified defense customer, presumably for VIP transport), five Legacy 600s and one Lineage 1000.