Embraer’s Phenom 100 receives U.S. FAA Type Certificate
Dec. 12, 2008, São José dos Campos, Brazil – Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level executive jet was certified today by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
December 12, 2008 By Carey Fredericks
Dec. 12, 2008, São José dos Campos, Brazil – Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level executive jet
was certified today by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). All design goals were
met or even surpassed. First deliveries begin next week.
“We are thrilled to announce that the Phenom 100 is certified by the FAA, as planned,
confirming all of the exceptional performance characteristics previously approved by
ANAC,” said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. “U.S.
certification validates the jet’s design and its suitability for one of the most important
business aviation markets.”
The FAA granted U.S. Type Certificate based upon Brazil’s National Civil Aviation
Agency’s (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC) Type Certificate issued on
December 9. EASA certification is expected for the second quarter of 2009.
|L-R): Humberto Luiz de Rodrigues Pereira, Vice-President, Engineering, Henrique Langenegger, Vice-President, Programs – Executive Jets, Antônio Carlos Vieira Victorazzo, Vice-President, Product Integrity, and Alexandre Figueiredo, Senior Manager, Phenom Program, with the Type Certificate granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Phenom 100 executive jet, this Friday, December 12.|
The Phenom 100’s maximum range, originally projected to be 1,160 nautical miles (2,148
kilometers or 1,335 miles), has been extended to 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 kilometers or
1,356 miles) with four occupants and NBAA IFR reserves. An optional enhanced take-off
performance package was included in the aircraft certification, resulting in a 3,125 feet takeoff field length at maximum take-off weight. The standard take-off field length is 3,400 feet as initially specified. For departures from airports with restrictions due to high temperatures
or high elevations, or both, take-off climb performance has also surpassed the design target,
providing up to 300 nautical miles extra range.
Another performance improvement was
achieved with the landing distance, verified to be only 2,699 feet at maximum landing weight,
301 feet shorter than initially specified. Powered by two fuel-efficient Pratt & Whitney
Canada PW617F-E engines, the Phenom 100’s fuel consumption is confirmed to be better
than originally estimated, saving as much as 3.6% on longer trips.
The flight test campaign also validated the Phenom 100’s top speed of 390 knots (true air
speed), 10 knots faster than initially projected. The aircraft is capable of climbing directly to
its maximum cruise altitude of 41,000 feet, even at maximum take-off weight. Certified
without restrictions, the Phenom 100 is able to fly under Visual and Instrument Flight Rules
conditions, day or night, and into known or forecasted icing conditions. The aircraft also
operates well within Stage IV external noise requirements, established by the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), having been certified with a cumulative margin of 33
The Phenom100 man-machine interface, based on a “quiet and dark” cockpit
philosophy that offers full situational awareness and automation for a low workload, enabled
the certification for single-pilot operation. The Phenom 100’s Prodigy® flight deck, based on
the acclaimed Garmin G1000 avionics suite, was also certified.
The interior of the Phenom 100 was certified with its innovative features and collections of
finishing materials. The Oval Lite® cross-section benefits passengers with greater space and
comfort, enhanced by an abundance of natural light from the largest windows in the entry
level category. In addition, the forward wardrobe and private rear lavatory with storage space
add convenience to comfort for a premium travel experience.
Embraer’s Executive Jets Customer Support and Services organization is ready for the
Phenom 100 to enter service. Four new Embraer Executive Jets service centers were recently
inaugurated in the U.S. and Europe. The entire network will be comprised of seven wholly
owned and 38 authorized service centers, worldwide.
The first Phenom 100 customers have already been trained by the Embraer CAE Training
Services joint venture, and service center professionals have received training to perform
technical and mechanical services on the Phenom 100.
A newly implemented customer contact center is operational, ready and standing by to
provide customers with complete and timely assistance for operational, technical and
Embraer’s new parts distribution center, operated by UPS Supply Chain Solutions in
Louisville, Ky., in the U.S., is certified, operational and stocked with a complete inventory of
repairable, expendable and structural parts for the Phenom jets.