Embraer Gets OK To Build Phenom 100s in U.S.

 - June 20, 2012, 12:25 PM
(L-R): Mack Riley, manager of the FAA’s Orlando manufacturing inspection district office, hands the production certificate for Embraer’s Melbourne Phenom 100 assembly line to Phil Krull, managing director of Melbourne production, during ceremonies on June 18.

The FAA has presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Previously, Phenom jets assembled in Melbourne were certified under the FAA type certificate granted to those produced in Brazil.

“This is a significant milestone for Embraer,” said Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer Executive Jets. “We opened this facility just over a year ago, delivered the first U.S.-produced Phenom 100 in December and the first U.S.-produced aircraft to go to an international customer in March.”

The presentation caps four years of work by a team at Embraer and the FAA at both its Orlando manufacturing inspection district office and its Small Aircraft Directorate in Kansas City, which inspects and certifies aircraft companies to manufacture products under an FAA-approved type design. The production certificate is an approval under FAR Part 21 and managed by the Small Aircraft Directorate. The Embraer and FAA teams worked on quality manuals, procedures and product audits, as well as internal and external supplier visits to ensure all facets of production meet required quality and safety standards.