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’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.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and local leaders joined Embraer executives this morning to break ground on the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s $50 million Phenom 100/300 assembly and completions facility at Melbourne International Airport. “Today’s groundbreaking celebrates a milestone for Embraer by launching its first U.S. assembly plant devoted to the executive jet business,” noted Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acknowledging that Flight Options had strayed from its original vision, company founder Kenn Ricci and CEO Michael Silvestro, both of whom returned to the operation in recent months, have announced initiatives designed to “recapture the energy we had” at the beginning.
When Embraer announced the formation of Embraer Executive Jets and the launch of its Phenom 100 very light jet and Phenom 300 light jet programs, there were at least a half-dozen competing programs already in various stages of development. Today, only two very light jets from that group–Cessna’s Citation Mustang and the Eclipse 500 from Eclipse Aviation–are in service. The Phenom 100 is expected to join them in the coming weeks.
British air-taxi operator start-up FlairJet last month announced plans to start operations next May with a pair of Embraer Phenom 100s. It will lease the very light jets from an undisclosed Embraer customer in Europe that has 10 Phenom 100s on order. FlairJet has placed an order for one Phenom 100, which is scheduled for delivery in 2012. The company also has an option for another.