Watch for Embraer to announce “around NBAA Convention [September] time” one or maybe two new business jets–what it is calling a “mid-light” jet and a “midsize” jet. The new aircraft are aimed at the market segment between the company’s Phenom 300, a light jet scheduled to enter service in 2009, and the super-midsize Legacy 600, of which 100 have been delivered since shipments began in 2000.
In front of more than 1,000 guests, including Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and many of the country’s top government officials and executives, Embraer rolled out the first Embraer 190 on February 9 at its São José dos Campos plant. The airliner, which seats up to 108 passengers, is the largest aircraft ever produced by the Brazilian manufacturer.
The upcoming second annual edition of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) will be an important test of whether the event has long-term growth potential.
After selling 101 regional and corporate jets last year (44 short of its initial projection and later revised downward), Embraer forecasts an upturn in sales over the next two years. The Brazilian airframer predicts it will sell 160 aircraft this year and 170 next year. These projections could suffer if Embraer receives cancellations or postponements by customers for the Embraer 170.
Embraer on February 20 obtained FAA certification and JAA recommendation for its 70- to 78-passenger Model 170 regional twinjet, some 18 months later than originally planned. The delay has been particularly irksome for Embraer 170 launch customers US Airways and Alitalia. The certification includes a Honeywell fly-by-wire system, to which Embraer earlier attributed to program delays.
Because the Grob SPn Utility jet and the Embraer Phenom 300 weigh more than 12,500 pounds but less than 19,000 pounds, their respective manufacturers are requesting permission to certify the aircraft under the commuter category of Part 23 rather than the more stringent requirements of Part 25.
Embraer EMB-110-P1, Swanzey, N.H., Jan. 13, 2005–At about 10:15 p.m., AirNow’s Embraer N49BA was destroyed while landing at Dillant Hopkins Airport (EEN), near Keene, N.H. The airplane came to rest inverted on Runway 2, about 90 feet from the approach end of the runway. The ATP pilot was killed.
Bombardier acknowledged in late January that it has held “exploratory discussions” about collaboration in the turboprop market with Russian aircraft maker Aviacor, but it stopped short of confirming reports that it will transfer Q300 turboprop production to the underused factory, now owned by Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element holding company.
Embraer recently selected BMW DesignWorksUSA to design the interior for its planned very light jet (VLJ) and light jet, in addition to disclosing more defined development timelines for the common-platform twinjets. Embraer’s $2.75 million, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F-powered VLJ is expected to make its initial flight in the first quarter of 2007.
Embraer has signed a five-year distribution and logistics agreement with Sydney-based Hawker Pacific covering the supply of EMB-110 Bandeirante and EMB-120 Brasilia spare parts in Australia and the Pacific Rim.