When last year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil, was canceled, questions arose about the future of the show. At LABACE 2007, which ended a three-day run on August 11, there was no shortage of champagne celebrating the record-breaking event.
Embraer is getting closer to flying its Phenom 100 VLJ, having rolled out the first prototype on June 16 from the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. With a fresh coat of paint, Phenom 100 number one will undergo ground tests to prepare for first flight. Embraer and its 50 suppliers were able to use serial production tooling to manufacture the first Phenom 100 because engineers employed Catia V5 engineering software.
Brazilian airframer Embraer’s new Phenom 100 very light jet is currently undergoing ground testing in preparation for its first flight. The VLJ has already concluded its engine run, which saw the Phenom’s two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F engines installed and tested on the airframe.
Two years after it announced the launch of its Phenom 100 very light jet program (at EBACE 2005), Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer celebrated the rollout of the first aircraft on June 16 at its São Jose dos Campos headquarters. After rollout, the production conforming twinjet went to the paint shop and from there it was to begin ground tests in preparation for first flight this month.
Embraer rolled out the first Phenom 100 very light jet at its headquarters in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on Saturday, marking the completion of the airplane’s assembly and systems integration phases.
Two years after it announced the launch of its Phenom 100 very light jet program (at EBACE 2005), Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer celebrated the rollout of the first aircraft on June 16 at the company’s São Jose dos Campos headquarters. Following rollout, the production-conforming twinjet went to the paint shop, and from there to begin ground tests in preparation for first flight next month.
Embraer’s May 2005 announcement that the company was launching two new business aircraft–the Phenom 100 very light jet and the Phenom 300 light jet–certainly raised some eyebrows. The company garnered even more attention a year later when it revealed its plans to build the Lineage 1000, a business-jet version of its E190 airliner.
Brazilian airframer Embraer last month announced slightly improved first-quarter revenue (Brazil’s fiscal calendar mirrors the yearly calendar) over the same period last year, though reduced deliveries and continued supply-chain issues resulted in a net profit decrease for the company. Net revenue for the first quarter was up 4.3 percent, to $843.4 million, compared with $808.3 million a year ago.
Embraer has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction in its Simfinity training devices, which use the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators. Training will begin in 2009 to coincide with the first projected Phenom 100 delivery in Europe.
Embraer, which is having a good sales week at EBACE with orders for 11 aircraft announced thus far, has selected the CAE Burgess Hill, UK training center as the European training location for the Phenom 100 VLJ and Phenom 300 light jet. CAE will provide instruction using Simfinity training devices, which operate on the same simulation software as the CAE full flight simulators.