The Phenom 300 made its first flight on April 29, months ahead of Embraer’s previously announced schedule. Capt. John Sevalho Corção and chief pilot Eduardo Alves Menini were at the controls of Phenom 300 S/N 99801, accompanied by flight-test engineer Jens Peter Theodor Geiger Wentz. The crew logged one hour and 22 minutes during the first flight and explored 99801’s flight characteristics and systems operation.
Embraer has taken a new firm order for a pair of Phenom 300s from Executive AirShare, effectively doubling the number of airplanes on firm order from the Kansas City, Missouri-based fractional ownership company. Executive AirShare also holds options on another four of the type, as well as firm orders for 10 Phenom 100s along with options on another 10. The company expects to start taking deliveries in 2010.
The first Phenom 300 was rolled out on April 12 and should fly this month or next, at the latest. The $6.65 million Phenom 300 is expected to enter into service during the second half of next year. Phenom buyers are expected to be interested in moving up to the just-launched MLJ and MSJ.
Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet is speeding toward its scheduled mid-year certification. The fourth Phenom 100 took flight on March 26 and will add to the 530 hours the first three jets in the program have logged. Planned testing for number four includes an intense flight schedule to simulate “real operating conditions, including exposure to extreme heat and cold weather,” according to Embraer.
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.
Ten months after Embraer rolled out its Phenom 100 VLJ, its larger stablemate made its debut at the company’s Gavião Peixoto plant in Brazil. With an anticipated entry-into-service date of the second half of next year, the Phenom 300 will undergo a series of ground tests before making its first flight–currently scheduled for the middle of this year.
Embraer rolled out the first Phenom 300 light jet at its Gavião Peixoto plant in São Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, less than three years after the manufacturer announced the twinjet and its smaller sibling, the Phenom 100.
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.
Rosen Aviation, in partnership with Heads Up Technologies of Carrollton, Texas, and Mid Continent Controls of Derby, Kan., has been selected by Embraer as the standard in-flight entertainment system supplier for the Brazilian OEM’s new Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet. The focal point of the system will be Rosen’s new RosenView VX.
The FAA revealed in its special conditions for the Phenom 100 a preliminary number for the very light jet’s maximum takeoff weight. At 9,700 pounds, this figure