Phenom 100 Completes First Flight In Brazil
Embraer's Phenom 100 Very Light Jet made its first flight
Thursday at the company's main facility in Sao Jose dos Campos,
Brazil. The jet was able to take off in a pocket of clear sky as
weather... has been postponing the flight for the past few
Vice president of Embraer's executive jets, Luis Carlos Affonso
told the press Tuesday the program crew was waiting out the weather
before completing high-speed runway tests. As it turns out
the crew had loftier ideas for their test once the weather
"We said we would have first flight in mid-2007, and I am happy
we have made that target," Luis Carlos Affonso said.
Phenom serial number 99801 was piloted by Capt. Antonio Braganca
Silva and Capt Eduardo Alves Menini. The flight test engineer
onboard was Marcelo Toledo Basile.
The flight lasted for about one and half hours, during which
several maneuvers were performed to test flight
The jet left terra firma at 10:55am and was taken to an altitude
of 15,000ft. The first flight was completed with the Phenom's
landing gears down.
"Now that the first flight is done we will begin flight testing
until May," said.
According to Embraer the flight testing will include static and
fatigue tests until mid-2008. The first tests will satisfy the
requirements of Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency. Following
will be certification with the FAA before entering service in
mid-2008. European certification is planned for completion in the
first semester of 2009.
"Because it was flown on time as per our plans it makes all the
chances for first delivery in 2008," Affonso said.
Embraer has already boasted 450 firm orders for its Phenom
family. Of those firm orders Embraer says a mere 20% of those
orders are owner/operators.
When asked where deliveries will take place, Affonso said most
of the initial deliveries will happen in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He
explained that it wasn't Embraer's intention to have customers take
delivery of their aircraft in Brazil. The customers have been
deciding to take a vacation in Sao Paulo to pick up their
Commenting on the shear size of the Phenom 100 as a VLJ, Affonso
suggested it was "in a class of its own. It's much larger than any
of the other very light jets."