Building a new engine is a huge gamble, but if the timing is right the payoff can be enormous. For Pratt & Whitney Canada, offering the PW600 series to aircraft manufacturers in the early 2000s turned out to be a smart move. Three manufacturers chose the PW600 for their respective very light jet programs–the Cessna Mustang (PW615F), Eclipse 500 (PW610F) and Embraer Phenom 100 (PW617F).
Luck can change in an instant. Pilot Joe Lepore and copilot Jan Paladino were cruising along at 37,000 feet in the cockpit of the brand-new Embraer Legacy they were delivering from the factory in Brazil to its new home base on New York’s Long Island.
First Gulfstream and now Embraer has selected the PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB) from CMC Electronics for its line of large business jets. The class-2 units are the standard options on the Legacy 600 and Lineage 1000 and will also be available to all of Embraer’s airline customers, the Brazilian manufacturer announced.
Libya’s Sirte Oil has ordered an Embraer E170 twinjet for corporate shuttle operations. The Brazilian-built aircraft, which will be configured for 76 passengers, will be delivered in March and will fly the 500-mile sector between Sirte’s main base at Marsa El Brega and the capital Tripoli, but also to other company facilities around the north African country.
Embraer has chosen Stevens Aviation to provide factory-approved maintenance and product support for its new Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. Stevens also provides factory-authorized service for Bombardier, Grob, Piaggio, Raytheon and Sino Swearingen aircraft and is authorized as an FAR 145 repair station to provide service for Citations and other civil aircraft.
Brazilian business jet and regional airline manufacturer Embraer estimates 11,115 business jets will be delivered over the next 10 years and that 2,500 to 3,000 will be very light jets (VLJ) for the air-taxi market. Among the models under development at Embraer is the Phenom 100 VLJ for entry into service in the middle of next year.
New York’s JetBlue added a sour note to Embraer’s generally upbeat 2006 marketing campaign when it acknowledged last month that it will decelerate deliveries of its Embraer E190s from 18 to 10 in each of the next four years. As a result, instead of 72 of the 98-seat jets, it will take only 40 through 2010, then take the other 32 from 2011 through 2014.
Brazilian OEM Embraer introduced its Lineage 1000 in May last year and a spokesman says the company has already taken orders for “more than five” of the twinjet bizliners, the first of which is scheduled for customer delivery in the middle of next year.
The largest member of Embraer’s E-Jet line of single-aisle airplanes is making its international airshow debut here in Paris, only a week after the Brazilian airframe builder landed a launch order for 14 from the UK’s FlyBE. The Exeter-based low-fare, full-service carrier plans to replace its fleet of aging BAe 146 quadjets with the Brazilian twin, scheduled for delivery from August 2006 to November 2007.
A Federal Court in Brazil today ordered the release of the passports of the two U.S. pilots of the Embraer Legacy 600 involved in the September 29 collision with a Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon. The Federal Regional Court of the First Region of Brazil said that it had unanimously agreed to return the passports of Joseph Lepore, 42, of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jan Paladino, 34, of Westhampton Beach, N.Y. effective in 72 hours.